Well would you believe it – the special one – no other than Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has not only defended his good friend Alan Pardew – but Jose has admitted he makes mistakes too.
Well I never.
Mourinho and Pardew last year when Newcastle walloped Chelsea 2-1
Jose was giving his press conference for the late kick off game against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, and was asked about Alan Pardew’s head butt of David Meyler last Saturday.
This is what Jose said:
“I spoke with Alan a couple of hours after the incident and he knows he made a mistake, and knows he has to pay for it.”
“I prefer to stay with the good friend than the mistake.” “The problem is the human nature, and the human nature is open to mistakes. I made mistakes too. I paid for mistakes.”
“In my case, the biggest punishment is you to recognize yourself you made a mistake, that you feel it – the self-blame.”
Alan will have a personal hearing sometime next week with the three-man FA commission, after which a punishment will be given out to the Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew is likely to get a touchline ban for a number of games, but we are hoping it’s not a stadium ban, which would mean he couldn’t attend the games, and that would be a huge punishment for Newcastle United – an unfair punishment.
But some in the English media are saying that Pardew should get that level of punishment.
We would expect Alan to get around a six game touchline ban and a huge fine – and the fine would be based on his wages – which are around £2M a year at Newcastle.
What do you think?