Unbelievable scenes down at the KC Stadium as Newcastle ran out easy 4-1 winners, however, this fantastic result will be totally overshadowed by Alan Pardew sent off for an apparent headbutt of a Hull City player.
Now those are words I never thought I would be writing. Newcastle manager headbutts a player…what the f***?!
The FA will no doubt make an example of Pardew for this ridiculous incident, not least for being involved in touchline incidents in the past. He pushed a linesman for not giving a throw in last season and he was caught on camera abusing Man City boss Pelegrinni. This latest incident tops the lot however, as a Premier League manager throwing a headbutt at an opposition player during a game is beyond unacceptable. It’s shameful.
What an earth goes on in Pardew’s head is sometimes beyond me and that isn’t just his managerial decisions, or his baffling media quotes. I never thought he would stoop as low as fancying himself that much to throw a headbutt at a player, just because he pushed him out the way as he retrieved the ball on the sidelines. I knew Pardew was arrogant but this is astounding. What has turned my stomach even more is his attitude towards the whole thing afterwards.
He immediately came out on Sky Sports and did an interview to explain what he had done. Sickeningly he tried to typically make light of the situation and actually make a joke a about it. “I won’t be standing on the touch line any more that’s for sure,” he smirkingly came out with. Yes Alan, you don’t know how right you may be…
After he pushed a linesman last season, he expressed himself in the exact same fashion with underlying arrogance as he made total light of the fact he placed his hands on an official and physically pushed him, as he carried out his work. He got away with that one cheaply but he certainly won’t be getting away with this one as lightly. The FA are expected to throw the book at Pardew big time and I for one hope they do. Big time.
This latest incident may seem like a joke to some fans but Newcastle Utd Football Club will be making headlines across the world for all the wrong reasons over this. Managers headbutting players is a thing of make believe, not reality. I’ve seen managers kick each other on the sidelines, or give one of their own players a little slap in the dugout in places like Italy, but for a manager to physically attempt to attack an opposition player with a headbutt, especially in the Premier League, is beyond belief.
Once again our Football club is a laughing stocking in the footballing world and I never thought it would be because of something like this. I thought I had seen it all with our own players fighting on the pitch with Dyer & Bowyer, plus the endless shambles Mike Ashley has been responsible for, but this latest embarrassment is very hard to take in.
For me the FA will most likely give Pardew a 10 game ban, which is basically a ban until the end of the season. What the club will choose to do with this I’m not so sure about. In my wildest dreams Ashley will be able to relieve Pardew of his duties for gross misconduct and avoid having to pay him a massive amount of money due to the sheer ridiculous length of his contract. This I can only hope, as Pardew’s reign has come to a dramatic farce and I just can’t take any more. The man has no class whatsoever.
The FA, Premier League and even the LMA may force Newcastle into a situation where sacking Pardew is the only option. A manager assaulting a player and still carrying on his role, can surely not look good for them, and more importantly for me will definitely not look good for our club. I can see Ashley agreeing with the FA and Premier League that no compensation would be owed to Pardew if they were to force the club into a decision to be made. I for one hope they do and they take the ultimatum.
I fully expect Pardew to receive a lengthy ban and then his sacking for gross misconduct to follow shortly after. If he has any class or shame whatsoever then he will accept this and try to move on…something tells me he doesn’t and he won’t.
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