Alan Pardew has admitted to being worried after headbutting David Meyler in front of millions of fans at Hull City almost twelve days ago – but Alan may have underestimated that – and it was probably in front of hundreds of millions of fans – especially after it happened and it was then news around the world.
It’s not often a manager headbutts a player on the opposing side.
Alan Pardew - he certainly looks worried here
Football is the world game – there’s no doubt about that, and it’s been noted that 3B (billion) fans watched the World Cup final in 2010 in South Africa, and of course the Premier League is the most popular league of any sport in the world.
It seems that Alan was very aware of the gravity of the situation, as he should have been.
This is what Alan has said today:
“Of course it was a relief.” “When you’ve made a mistake, and my mistake was in front of millions of people, you have to pay a price.” “It was a hefty price to pay. Mike acted swiftly, and I accepted that.”
“We go forward, and I have to say, in this period, the backing I’ve had from the club in particular has been really important to me, because it’s been difficult.”
“I’d just like to reiterate my apology to David and Steve Bruce, and fans up and down the country, but particularly our own. They have been fantastic as has the support from Mike.”
We’re not always impressed with what Mike Ashley does at Newcastle, but credit where credit is due, and the fact the Newcastle Board acted so quickly in fining Alan Pardew £100,000 and issuing him with a formal warning was exactly what a responsible club should have done in the circumstances.
And Newcastle have rightly received credit for their action, and we just hope the manager learns from this, because if he doesn’t and does something like this again – he will be fired – it’s really as simple as that.
What do you think?