Alan Pardew Thinks 2 out of 678 Ain’t Bad
Alan Pardew has attempted to put his touchline/stadium bans into perspective.
When asked at the pre-Fulham press conference about his FA charge, the Newcastle boss has pointed to the fact that the latest ban makes it only 2 in 678 matches as a manager.
“I have had something like 678 games, I have only had one touchline ban before this one but that doesn’t mean what I did has any kind of justification.
“I spoke to the LMA (League Managers Association) about maybe some management consultant issues I could look at, that might help.
“In the short-term I’m in the stand and before that I’m not even in the stadium.”
For many of us, the endless repetition of the ‘headbutt’ stuff has all become a little tedious as it gets talked around in circles and exactly how much of a negative effect the manager missing from the touchlines, or a stadium ban has, is open to question.
I would hazard a guess that if some statto looked at results across football when managers are missing, there will be every little deviation from a club’s usual results.
I had to smile though at Alan Pardew plucking the reference to ‘…something like 678 games’ as though it was something he’d just thought about saying (rather than saying being a manager for around 700 matches), rather than a fact he’d made a conscious effort to find out.
It was a bit of a John Motson moment, similar to when the very much past his best (if he ever had one) commentator, pulls out a random fact that has nothing to do with what is actually happening in front of him but that he is desperate to tell everybody about.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]