FA set to charge Alan Pardew for head-butting David Meyler
Pardew angry at suggestions that Newcastle will sack him but repentant after incident at the KC Stadium
March 3rd, 2014
Alan Pardew is no stranger to controversy on the touchline although the Newcastle manager surpassed his previous flashpoints on Saturday when getting involved in some fracas with Hull midfielder David Meyler.
After Meyler had shoved Pardew in an attempt to retrieve the ball, the 52-year-old reacted angrily and steered his head in the direction of the City player, leading the referee to send the Newcastle boss off immediately.
The Football Association will now charge someone who was in the headlines for the wrong reasons a few weeks ago for getting caught on microphone offending Manuel Pellegrini, although Pardew has insisted that the latest incident isn’t deserving of the sack.
It looks possible that Pardew might face a stadium ban over his touchline head-butt, with the League Manager’s Association having already described this as “unacceptable”.
The Newcastle manager apologised for his behaviour shortly after the final whistle on Saturday, with the referee’s report set to be read by the FA on Monday.
However, Pardew angrily denied that he should be sacked after Graeme Souness described this as a “sackable offence”, with Steve Bruce backing him up and claiming that an apology is enough.
On the calls from Souness for him to be axed, Pardew said: “It’s a bit strong coming from him. He’s the man who took a flag and planted it in the middle of a derby situation, so coming from him it’s a bit harsh. But people have their own opinions, I can’t do anything about that.”
A club statement read: “We have held discussions with Alan, who has offered his sincere apologies to the club, and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions. The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment.”