Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has given his press conference today for the game at Newcastle on Saturday, and he has made some interesting comments about his opposite number – Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – who is currently serving a seven game ban handed down by the FA last week, and Pardew cannot be in the stadium on Saturday for the home game.
Alan Pardew – can communicate his observations to John Carver
But Tony says that it’s still possible for Alan Pardew to have some significant input into the game, given the level of technology that exists today.
This is what Tony said about Pardew’s role in the game tomorrow:
“Alan will have more control than people think, with technology today, you can always have your finger on the pulse.” “If he is watching the game from afar, as long as he has contact – which he will have with the coaching staff – then I am sure they would have sorted that.”
“Obviously you want to be there, in the thick of the action when all the preparation finishes, and you want to be there with the players when you can.” “There are a lot of managers who sit on the bench and they don’t move, there are others, and I am one of them, who get really involved in the game.”
“It is different for horses for courses, is there a right way, is there a wrong way? No, there is not.”
Pardew could at the very least sent tweets or instant messages to the coaching staff, about what he is seeing in the game, and of course he could call in by cell phone at half time – and before the game he will deliver his pre-game talk to the players in a hotel suite.
So you would think it’s possible that Alan can get his points over to assistant manager John Carver – although there’s nothing quite like being on the touchline at a game.
And maybe it was just coincidence, but our lads didn’t play well last Saturday at Fulham, and they didn’t seem to be concentrating fully on the game, and form some of the comments of the players after the game they said it was a bit weird with Alan not being on the touchline.
But maybe on Saturday we’ll see a more fully committed performance and a good win – and that will help allay our concerns that the absence of Pardew at the games, will have a negative impact on our results.
A win is what we need on Saturday.
What do you think?
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