Alan Pardew last night accepted an FA misconduct charge of headbutting on Hull midfielder David Meyler on Saturday, but the manager has requested a personal hearing.
David Meyler and Alan Pardew last Saturday
We thought that was a good move by Pardew, since he will be able to tell what happened from his perspective, after David Meyler started the confrontation by shoving Pardew on the touchline, as the Hull player went for the ball.
Hull were 3-1 down at the time after 71 minutes, and finally lost that game 4-1.
And the Mail is reporting that Pardew will rely on precedent, when a similar incident happened back in 2007, involving former Kidderminster Harriers manager Mark Yates.
Yates headbutted Exeter City player Lee Elam following his side’s 2-0 defeat in the Football Conference.
Yates is now the Cheltenham Town manager, and was given a four-match touchline ban and fined £350, and the fine was based on Yates’ wages at Kidderminster at the time.
So Pardew will be hoping the FA will be consistent (no chance) when they charge him, but there’s also reason to have the ban more than four matches because Pardew’s antics were seen around the world and reflected badly on the Premier League, Newcastle United and the manager himself.
However, the ban should only be a touchline ban and not a stadium ban – maybe of four or five games, and a large fine based on Alan Pardew’s wages at Newcastle, which are thought to be around £2M a year, based to a large extent on performance and incentive bonuses.
And since Alan Pardew has already been warned by the FA about his conduct on the touchline this season, because of his verbal abuse of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, that will count against him.
In 2012 Pardew was given a two-game touchline ban for pushing assistant referee Peter Kirkup during a home game against Tottenham Hotspur, and way back in 2006 he had a famous altercation with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Newcastle United took immediate action when on the night of the altercation at Hull, and fined their manager £100,000 and formally warned him as to his future conduct as the Newcastle manager.
We would estimate that Alan should get a five or six match touchline ban and a huge fine – if the FA are to be consistent.
But that’s a big if.
What do you think?