Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Truth - and Real Sadness - Is That He's Dragged the Club's Name through the Mud Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Truth - and Real Sadness - Is That He's Dragged the Club's Name through the Mud Again

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Byline: @EveningChron JOHN GIBSON

OH you stupid, stupid man. What possessed you? Now the wrath of the righteous will inevitably fall upon you.

Alan Pardew unbelievably, sensationally ripped all the glory headlines from his players with a jawdropping display of touchline idiocy. Pardew will inevitably face stern disciplinary action from the FA after being sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend for headbutting David Meyler.

United acted immediately, fining Pardew a whopping PS100,000 but stopping short of what knee-jerkers wanted - the sack. His job is now safe even if his reputation most certainly isn't.

However, let us remember that even Eric Cantona wasn't sacked by Manchester United after kung fu-kicking a spectator following a sending off.

Still Pardew, only minimally provoked and carrying previous in terms of dugout confrontations, was condemned out of his own mouth.

"I tried to push him away with my head," said Pardew. Nuff said. Guilty, m'lord!

Of course, it wasn't a full-frontal attack of total ferocity, as it has been blown up to be in certain circles, and for the likes of Robbie Savage to sit in judgement, heaping more shame on Newcastle, is particularly hard to take. Robbie often lived up to his surname!

Nevertheless, it was a stunning lack of self-control by Pardew given that his team were cruising to their seventh away victory of the season with absolutely no pressure on anyone in Magpie garb.

It didn't come during a dreadful spell when United lost five home matches on the bounce and tension filled the air. It came with a second successive victory guaranteed.

Little wonder onlookers were gobsmacked. How often are managers, the so-called policemen of the dressingroom, accused of such outrageous pitchside actions? And Pardew's petulance came bang in front of England's most decorated referee, Howard Webb, who was acting as the fourth official.

So much derision is heaped upon Geordies from the four corners of the country because of the political actions of those who sit on high within the club that Pardew ought to be continually aware of it. …

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