Former Saints boss Pardew won’t be sacked by Toon over headbutt row

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

First published in Sport

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not face the sack over his headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler.

The 52-year-old's job is safe despite calls for his head following the ugly incident at the KC Stadium yesterday, which League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan branded "unacceptable and inappropriate".

Owner Mike Ashley is understood to be furious with the former Saints manager’s conduct on the touchline and the club have fined him £100,000 and also severely reprimanded him.

However, while the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Saints manager is likely to face further action from the Football Association, the Magpies will not impose further punishment.

Pardew's latest touchline misdemeanour came with his side leading the Tigers 3-1 and well on their way to a 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory.

Meyler brushed past him inside his technical area as he chased the ball as it ran out of play, and the Newcastle manager reacted angrily, confronting the player before moving his head towards him.

After the ensuing melee had abated, referee Kevin Friend cautioned Meyler and then sent Pardew to the stands, from where he watched the remainder of the game.

He made a swift apology in his post-match interviews, one which was accepted by opposite number Steve Bruce, but that did not prevent his club from taking a dim view of his behaviour.

LMA boss Bevan was equally unimpressed, and said: "The buck stops with Alan. It's unacceptable, it's inappropriate and it's insupportable from every perspective and Alan knows that.

"He immediately realised the serious error, (made) sincere apologies to all parties and obviously (has) deep regret.

"It was good to see (Hull boss) Steve Bruce's reaction and Hull accepting (Pardew's apology).

"But Alan does need to think hard about how not to put himself in that position again."

Pardew said after the match he would have to "to sit down and stay out of the way" in future rather than roam his technical area to avoid getting embroiled in similar incidents.

Bevan added: "I was pleased to see Newcastle in a very short period of time making a very swift, professional response that provided Alan with a very heavy fine and a formal warning."

Bevan also said the LMA was reviewing the technical area with a view to moving managers further away from the action.

He added: "We did a technical report six or seven months ago, interviewing 40 referees and 40 managers, and we're looking at the moment how the technical area works in America, for example, in other sports and seeing how we can look to improve several problems that occur because of the positioning."

Bevan admitted the tight confines of some of the old grounds would pose a problem, with the manager also needing to be kept out of the fans.

He added: "But what we can do is make a serious effort to look at how the technical area should be placed."

Former FA executive director David Davies said a suspension for the remainder of the season was "conceivable" and described it as "a very serious matter which I suspect will be dealt with very severely".

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3:07pm Sun 2 Mar 14

SnapperSaint says...

What an egomaniac!
What an egomaniac! SnapperSaint
  • Score: 4

3:44pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Egomaniac says...

SnapperSaint wrote:
What an egomaniac!
As long as you understand he is not - in any way whatsoever - related to me!
[quote][p][bold]SnapperSaint[/bold] wrote: What an egomaniac![/p][/quote]As long as you understand he is not - in any way whatsoever - related to me! Egomaniac
  • Score: 7

4:27pm Sun 2 Mar 14

WobblyCat says...

Well he is a bit of a noodle but is it any worse than a player doing it, if that's the case then some head butts are more acceptable than others!!??? Fine him but don't sack him! He did buy RL after all.
Well he is a bit of a noodle but is it any worse than a player doing it, if that's the case then some head butts are more acceptable than others!!??? Fine him but don't sack him! He did buy RL after all. WobblyCat
  • Score: -4

5:39pm Sun 2 Mar 14

David Crook says...

Why does the press blow things out of proportion,that was no head butt,Alan is doing a great job at Newcastle,I wish he was back hear at Southampton.
Why does the press blow things out of proportion,that was no head butt,Alan is doing a great job at Newcastle,I wish he was back hear at Southampton. David Crook
  • Score: -6

5:58pm Sun 2 Mar 14

saint61 says...

Newcastle sit on the fence by just fining him. Didn't this happen on the Saints training ground (in private) and we got rid of Osvaldo.
Newcastle should fire him.

Head but t someone in any other job and you would be dismissed. Football once agin has its own rules.

He and Newcastle are a disgrace.
Newcastle sit on the fence by just fining him. Didn't this happen on the Saints training ground (in private) and we got rid of Osvaldo. Newcastle should fire him. Head but t someone in any other job and you would be dismissed. Football once agin has its own rules. He and Newcastle are a disgrace. saint61
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Sun 2 Mar 14

hedge end bob says...

In trouble for rearing his head again !!!
In trouble for rearing his head again !!! hedge end bob
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Clausentum Saint says...

hedge end bob wrote:
In trouble for rearing his head again !!!
More like lowering it !!
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: In trouble for rearing his head again !!![/p][/quote]More like lowering it !! Clausentum Saint
  • Score: 0

8:44pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

No butts Alan...no butts.
No butts Alan...no butts. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Sun 2 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

hedge end bob wrote:
In trouble for rearing his head again !!!
now, now bob you know that's just rumours ;0)

cant believe some still want him as our manager, the bloke has 2 major problems. firstly he does seem to have a hot head and he has been in trouble all through his managerial career. secondly he does enjoy a drink, he has been caught out several times, he said there would be no drinking on a training trip abroad with toon, yet was out until the morning heavily drinking and partying with his own players.
its likely that the FA will give him a stadium ban for several weeks, touchline bans no longer work and he has served some before and hasn't learnt his lesson.

whoever it was who said that its no worse than a player doing it, of course it is. a player in the midst of a tough game has a slight, not very good, but slight excuse. whereas a manager whos team is winning and is only stood on the touchline has absolutely no excuse for an unprovoked head but like this. how can he now punish his players if they do it in a game? it doesn't matter that it wasn't a full blown zinedine zidane, he headbutted him and there is no excusing it. throw the book at him and ban him from grounds for the rest of the season.
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: In trouble for rearing his head again !!![/p][/quote]now, now bob you know that's just rumours ;0) cant believe some still want him as our manager, the bloke has 2 major problems. firstly he does seem to have a hot head and he has been in trouble all through his managerial career. secondly he does enjoy a drink, he has been caught out several times, he said there would be no drinking on a training trip abroad with toon, yet was out until the morning heavily drinking and partying with his own players. its likely that the FA will give him a stadium ban for several weeks, touchline bans no longer work and he has served some before and hasn't learnt his lesson. whoever it was who said that its no worse than a player doing it, of course it is. a player in the midst of a tough game has a slight, not very good, but slight excuse. whereas a manager whos team is winning and is only stood on the touchline has absolutely no excuse for an unprovoked head but like this. how can he now punish his players if they do it in a game? it doesn't matter that it wasn't a full blown zinedine zidane, he headbutted him and there is no excusing it. throw the book at him and ban him from grounds for the rest of the season. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Mon 3 Mar 14

TEBOURBA says...

Still the second best manager Saints have had since Ted Bates retired after Nigel that is.
Still the second best manager Saints have had since Ted Bates retired after Nigel that is. TEBOURBA
  • Score: -1

9:56pm Mon 3 Mar 14

SnapperSaint says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
Still the second best manager Saints have had since Ted Bates retired after Nigel that is.
Well good or not (and I think Poch way better btw) I have always thought he was a big headed tw@t! Which he just proved on Saturday!
And keeps proving time and time again that he cannot control himself, so I would never, ever want him back!
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: Still the second best manager Saints have had since Ted Bates retired after Nigel that is.[/p][/quote]Well good or not (and I think Poch way better btw) I have always thought he was a big headed tw@t! Which he just proved on Saturday! And keeps proving time and time again that he cannot control himself, so I would never, ever want him back! SnapperSaint
  • Score: 0

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