i expect to hear Alan Pardew calls Andy Carroll as his star witness for the defence.

The United manager’s headbutt on Hull’s David Meyler would have brought instant dismissal, rightly or wrongly, at many other clubs but Newcastle United aren’t just any club.

pardew calls andy carrollWhilst it was quickly announced that the club had fined Pardew £100,000, if you are wondering whether the Newcastle manager will get the bullet then I think you are in for a long wait.

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That is unless of course it suited Mike Ashley for other reasons to get rid of him. While I was always ultra-dubious about exactly how tied in Ashley was to Pardew’s ‘eight year contract’; clearly this sackable offence removes any possible doubt as to whether the owner could get rid of him for peanuts/nothing.

Like everything else at the club we’ll have no idea of what Mike Ashley really thinks about this Pardew headbutt, maybe he is worried that the incident will have damaged Newcastle United and by association his other ‘brands’. However, I think there is just as much chance that Ashley was laughing his head off and wondering whether to put his new Pardew t-shirt range in the football or martial arts section of S***** D*****.

The only way we can get some insight into Ashley’s head is by looking at what has gone before.

When Andy Carroll broke Steven Taylor’s jaw in 2010, he was allowed to keep on playing as though nothing had happened – the fact he was our best striker at the time and Ashley eventually banked £35m for him only months later, may have had a little to do with how Carroll was handled…

As Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew goes that extra mile(s) for his boss every time he speaks, no other potential manager would be capable, or willing, to talk the amount of nonsense we get at nearly every pre and post-match press conference. In addition, the Newcastle manager accepts without any complaint the dangerous lack of investment in his squad, whilst most of the time he also clearly has the team playing for him – with the odd obvious exception…who mentioned the mackems?!!

While some will argue that Pardew should be sacked, for vastly different reasons most fans and Mike Ashley will be in agreement on the manager staying in the hotseat….in the stands for the foreseeable.