Pardew and O’Neill Kiss And Make Up
The Telegraph are reporting that they believe that Martin O’Neill and Alan Pardew have called a truce in advance of Sunday’s match.
This follows the ‘lively’ encounter at St.James’ Park last season when the two managers had to be physically kept apart on the touchline.
On the pitch we had Shola’s last gasp equaliser and Cattermole’s pathetic sending off after the final whistle for abusing the referee.
While off the pitch Alan Pardew’s very energetic premature celebration of the penalty award didn’t please O’Neill, while the mackem manager’s bizarre incorrect claims after the match that Pardeww had visited the referee to try and influence him, didn’t do him any credit at all.
Alan Pardew did though come out of it the better post-match by being big enough to say, “Silly things got said on the bench, it got out of hand and it was unsavoury but it happens. It’s a passionate game but maybe I could have been a bit more grown-up about it”.
The two m anagers though seemingly buried the hatchet (not sure whose neck that went into…) at the end of season League Managers do, the two shaking hands and saying nice things about each other.
O’Neill praising Pardew for being manager of the year and Pardew returning the complement for O’Neill not being….
Obviously what is said in the relaxed atmosphere of an end of season dinner over a few shandies is one thing but quite another in the mid-battle of the derby.
With sunderland’s disgraceful slack attitude of the past, I don’t know how relaxed and understanding Alan Pardew will be when missiles are being chucked at our subs warming up and their fans have been allowed to wander onto the pitch unchallenged for the tenth time.
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