Hull City and former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has been fairly muted about the incident a week go with Alan Pardew, and that’s probably been a good thing, although the former Manchester United center-back did praise his player David Meyler, for not reacting too much when he was headbutted by the Newcastle manager, and at least David didn’t writhe around on the ground as some less honest players would have done.
David Meyler and Alan Pardew confront each other last Saturday
Pardew was immediately fined £100,000 by Newcastle that Saturday evening, and he apologized profusely to everybody he could think off after the game, when that was the main topic of questions, and the altercation has dominated last week’s news about Newcastle.
That’s a pity because our lads were fantastic in the 4-1 win, and the last two performances the players have given Newcastle fans some hope that we may still have a more than decent team.
This is what Steve told the Shields Gazette:
“As a club we accepted Alan’s honesty in the whole situation, because he’s been big and brave enough and he had to come out and say what he did.”
“We don’t want the images we saw last week and Alan would be first to understand that.” “We were all shocked with what we saw and Alan has to pay the consequences for that, which I’m sure he will do.”
“Alan is going to take the fine and punishment and whatever is dished to him. I’m sure he’ll take it and find a way to move on and erase it.”
“Maybe he’ll look at himself and say there have been too many incidents that he’s been involved in.”
“We all stand there in the technical area and get lost in it sometimes and maybe that’s the wrong way to be.”
With Pardew seemingly unable to control himself on the touchline, it’s time for him to alter the way he coaches at games, and let John Carver be the one on the line.
Alan should come out and say that’s exactly what he’s going to do – and he’s already hinted at that – in some of the interviews after the game.
Maybe that’s one of the things he will be telling the three-man FA commission, when he meets with them sometime next week.
The Newcastle manager should realize just how important the situation is, because one more altercation on the touchline and Mike Ashley could fire him, after issuing his manager with a formal warning – which usually means that if it ever happens again – you are fired.
And the firing is with cause, so Alan wouldn’t get too much compensation when he leaves the club.
It’s very serious for Alan, and that’s why we should see John Carver on the line from now on.