Given that each place in the Premier League is worth about £2M in payouts this year, with the lost club getting around £60M and the top club getting around £100M, you have to think that Alan Pardew’s seven match ban will cost Newcastle some points through the last 10 games of the season.
Alan Pardew – his absence will cost Newcastle some points
And those points will cost Newcastle some money in terms of where the team ends up after the last game of the season on Sunday 11th May when we are at Liverpool – well there’s an easy 3 points.
Alan Pardew has said this on the Newcastle United web-site following the FA verdict, and there’s no doubt he’s let the club down big time:
“As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologize to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable.”
“I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend’s game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible.”
It’s going to be really difficult to have much input from Alan in the next three games, which are a stadium ban – and those games are at Fulham, at home to both Crystal Palace and Everton, and John Carver will be in charge of the side.
Then in the next four games – at Southampton, at home to Manchester United, away to Stoke and at home to Swansea – Alan be in the stands and can presumably more easily phone in advice and calls to the coaching staff in the dugout.
It’s now up to the players and coaches John Carver and Steve Stone to come through big time for the club in these next seven games – and we should make that ten games through the end of the season.
But this has been another self-inflicted wound and follows the selling of Yohan Cabaye in January and not replacing him, although in that particular case that was the owner’s fault and not the manager’s.
It would be much better if the owner and manager were helping the club, rather than hindering it.
It’s not good.
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