Alan Pardew was really stupid when he head-butted David Meyler at the Hull City game over two weeks ago, and he’s fully admitted that, but after the game it seems he did almost everything right, and so did Newcastle United, and together their actions meant that Alan got a reduced sentence from what the independent commission were going to give the Newcastle manager – before the personal hearing took place earlier this month.
Alan Pardew – dumb to do what he did
But appropriate actions after the event saved him
Pardew finally received a seven-game ban, a three-game stadium ban followed by a four game touchline ban – but initially the commission was going to give him a five game stadium ban.
And that’s what former Blackpool manager Paul Ince received last September, after he had confronted the fourth official in the tunnel after the game at Bournemouth, and used filthy language, and that was after Paul had already been sent to the stands during the game.
The FA independent commission pointed to 10 points that helped Alan Pardew’s case and persuaded them to reduce the sentence.
The 10 points are as follows:
- He clearly accepted responsibility for his actions on the day
- He made a full apology directly after the game
- In his opinion did not instigate the incident
- The incident took place against a background of an important fixture
- He meant no physical harm to the player and there was no attempts to use force (however the video shows Mr Pardew was not pushed over as both he and counsel suggested at the hearing and that he did in fact only step back one or two paces following the push to his chest and then he moved some 5 or 6 paces to confront the player
- He was fined £100,000 by his club the same day and was warned by the club
- He is seeking to address his behavior by taking an executive leadership and management program with the LMA
- He has shown remorse
- He is supported by the club
- He sent a personal letter of apology to the manager of Hull City FC
So it seems that Alan Pardew and Newcastle United did everything right after Alan’s altercation – but the seven game ban will still cost Newcastle some points in the league – and of course bottom of the league Fulham beat us on Saturday, in what was Alan’s first game of an initial three game stadium ban.
Alan Pardew simply must get help an follow through on what he said he will do, so that if he is going to stay on the touchline at games, he can control himself.
But quite honestly we’d like to see him sitting in the stands – because in the heat of the moment – as we’ve seen before – anything can happen and a similar altercation could happen again.
And if something like at Hull does happen again, then Alan Pardew will be in really serious trouble, and for one thing he would be fired as Newcastle manager – and he must know that now.
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