Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Alan Pardew surely heading for Newcastle exit

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  David Meyler of Hull City clashes with Alan Pardew, Manager of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: David Meyler of Hull City clashes with Alan Pardew, Manager of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Hull, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Alan Pardew is the second longest serving Premier League manager. Only Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been at his club longer than Pardew, in charge of Newcastle since December 2010.

Pardew has survived poor runs of form and being hammered at home to north east rivals Sunderland. A staggering eight year contract, signed in 2012, may have something to do with it.

The time for Pardew's departure, however, is surely nigh after his disgraceful head-butt on Hull's David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 victory on Saturday.

Pardew apologised to all and sundry for losing his head and Newcastle announced they'd fined their manager £100,000 and gave him a formal warning.

They should have sacked him for such despicable behaviour. He's a manager and figurehead of his club who ought to be setting an example to all, from his players to impressionable young kids, not acting like some sort of crazed lunatic.

The FA should throw the book at Pardew for his appalling actions. Earlier in the season then Blackpool boss Paul Ince copped a five-match stadium ban for 'violently shoving' a fourth official in an expletive-laden rant.

Head-butting is even worse and remember Pardew has previous... he pushed an official and has almost come to blows with other bosses on the touchline.

He should be hit with a 10 match stadium ban. Minimum. And when that happens he'll hopefully do the decent thing and resign knowing he couldn't possibly do his job properly. Managers are supposed to use their heads, but never the Alan Pardew way.

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