We’ve been treated to more tedious nonsense about the ending of the Stadium ban and now the media are endlessly waffling on about the Pardew touchline ban.
Following on from an earlier article I did before Fulham I pointed out the following before Pardew’s ban kicked in at Craven Cottage and have updated the stats;
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I would suggest that the manager has three main roles to perform for each match.
The first one being getting the players doing their thing in training and making sure the team are mentally & physically prepared for the next match.
The second bit then being the selection of the starting eleven and explaining what he wants them to do.
Then finally, making tactical changes from the touchline during matches, telling players what they should do differently, plus of course substitutions.
Leaving aside those first two parts as Alan Pardew can still do them for matches, what about the third one?
During the game from first whistle to last whistle, what inspriartion has Alan Pardew had from the touchline on his players?
Well the most telling thing must be what happens when your team falls behind, what does your manager do to get you back into the match.
In sixteen matches this season Newcastle have fallen behind and these are the final outcomes of those matches;
0-4 Manchester City (A)
2-3 Hull (H)
2-3 Everton (A)
1-2 Mackems (A)
0-2 Man City (H) – Cup
0-3 Swansea (A)
5-1 Stoke (H)
0-1 Arsenal (H)
0-1 West Brom (A)
1-2 Cardiff (H) – Cup
0-2 Man City (H)
0-3 Mackems (H)
0-3 Chelsea (A)
0-4 Spurs (H)
0-1 Fulham (A)
0-3 Everton (H)
So before the Pardew touchline ban, in the fourteen matches where Newcastle went behind this season we lost thirteen of them, while in the one we won (Stoke) the referee gifted us two penalties and they had two players sent off!
With Pardew banned from the stadium, Newcastle have gone behind in two further matches and sadly the pattern has continued under John Carver, though I think now we have no Remy or Cabaye, plus no strengthening in January, then it is little wonder we show little sign of bouncing back after going a goal down.
So what exactly will we be losing by not having Alan Pardew on the touchline?