When Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was given a formal warning by Newcastle for his behavior on the touchline at Hull City almost two weeks ago, that was serious in itself.
John Carver – will handle the touchline duties for next seven games
What it basically means is that if something like that happens again, or maybe even something like the Pellegrini incident earlier this year, when Alan used really foul language to Manchester City manager, or pushing the linesman like he did in August, 2012, he could be fired for cause.
And since this is the best job in management Alan has ever had, and he seems to enjoy managing the famous Tyneside club, the news is that even after the seven match ban hje was handed yesterday is over, he will remain in the stands for the final three games of the season.
Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce used to do that in the first half of games, and being higher up in the stands does give the manager a better view of the game, and what’s happening.
Alan even mentioned this at the news conference after the Hull City game that it was time he was not on the touchline, given he cannot seem to control himself in the heat of the moment, when there’s significant stress on the managers.
John Carver will now lead the team affairs for the next three games and Pardew is not allowed any contact at all with the coaching staff during the game, but when he returns to the stands in the game at Southampton, that could be the new norm with Alan always sitting in the stands.
For the next three games the team talk with the players will take place in a hotel suite that Alan will be using during the game, and it will take place before John Carver and the team depart for the stadium.
We’ll just have to wait and see how this affects Newcastle’s results, but it’s hardly what we wanted for the next seven games.
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