Sir Alex Ferguson In The Dock
When I saw headlines saying ‘Ferguson pleased with new tactics’ it took me a little while to realise they were talking about him using a different formation on Sunday, rather than the elbow that Van Persie clearly stuck in Yohan Cabaye’s face.
Alan Pardew had this to say after the match:
“He has looked at Yohan and he has elbowed him and I think that perhaps need to be looked at, if I am honest.
There’s a bit of history from last year (Newcastle’s match at the Emirates) and I don’t know if Robin has been caught up in that but that was just a little bit unsavoury.
I didn’t see it myself (at the time) but I have obviously seen it on the replay and it looks like he has looked at him and put his elbow there”.
In his usual calm understated way (…apart from when pushing linesmen) Alan Pardew is basically stating the obvious, everybody who has seen it on TV will be in no doubt as to what Van Persie’s intention was.
We all know if this had been one of our players elbowing Rooney or Van Persie you would never hear the last of it and the press would cowardly allow it to be the main talking point and no doubt agree that the result should be declared null and void because of it.
One of the reasons I like Pardew is as well as what he’s achieved on the pitch, just like Sir Bobby and Keegan before him, he tells the truth on camera even when it means acknowledging when one or more of Newcastle’s players have been in the wrong – unlike 99% of other managers.
There is no doing an Arsene Wenger and pretending not to have seen anything, or an Alex Ferguson where when asked the question he will simply start talking about something completely different, in an attempt to deflect the criticism and move the focus from the wrongdoings of himself and his players.
Will Ferguson step up to the plate this time or will he bottle it?
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