Tony Pulis has been talking ahead of the Crustal Palace game on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and of course he was asked about Alan Pardew’s current predicament, after the 52 year-old Newcastle manager was handed a seven game ban last week by the FA, for his improper conduct towards Davide Meyer, when he head-butted the Hull player almost two weeks ago.
Tony Pulis – plain taking form the Palace manager
And Tony Pulis is probably very close to the truth,when he has said that outsiders basically have no idea what the pressures are on Premier League managers these days:
“Telling people who haven’t managed – what it’s like, is like telling a woman what it’s like to have a baby. You don’t understand.”
“I do get involved in the game on a match-day. As a manager you don’t make a mistake, you don’t make a bad pass.”
‘With the pressure, you have to control it. I’ve done stupid things and you look back and get embarrassed.’
And the Welshman then rubbished reports that Pardew could replace him as manager at Crystal Palace in the summer, presumably that news being based on the fact (or non fact) that the former Stoke manager doesn’t get along too well with the Crystal Palace owner, Steve Parish.
This is what Tony said about that particular nugget of news:
‘It was a ridiculous article .” Anybody in football with any sense would recognise it’s nonsense,’ he said. ‘It’s disrespectful to Newcastle. I had a nice cup of tea with Steve Parish in London.”
Tony has a good point, because we can imagine the very significant pressures on PL managers these days with £60M to £100M now being at stake each season from TV.
And heaven help them if their side are fighting relegation – those pressures are now more than they’ve ever been – gigantic in fact – simply because of the huge money involved.
It’s always very easy from the outside criticizing people in their jobs – it’s too easy in fact – and Tony makes a good point.
Journalists have no idea what it’s like being a PL manager – and all we can think is that being a PL manager is one of the toughest jobs going – the pressures must be enormous.
And we assume most managers don’t bother reading the football news in the papers, or on the blogs – always assuming they want to keep their sanity of course.
What do you think?
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