Newcastle United are coming under increasing pressure to sack manager Alan Pardew for attempting to headbutt David Meyler.
The Magpies won the game 4-1, but all the talk after the game was about Pardew’s outrageous gesture – the latest in a string of incidents involving one of the Premier League’s most experienced managers.
Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson insists Pardew’s behaviour should be considered 'gross misconduct', and the former Charlton and West Ham boss could therefore risk being sacked on top of the inevitable FA investigation into the incident.
It is not the first brush with the law ‘Pards’ has had. Whilst still in charge at West Ham, he was engaged in a furious touchline bust-up with Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, despite his side winning the match.
At Newcastle, he kicked-off last season in aggressive style by pushing a linesman during his team’s 2-1 win over Tottenham at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season.
Most recently, he was reminded of his responsibilities by the FA after verbally abusing Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini, but while he has served numerous touchline bans, it is his latest antics for which the Newcastle board may consider relieving him of his duties.
Pardew’s past indiscretions may be taken into account both by the club and the disciplinary hearing as he appears mysteriously reluctant to learn his lesson.
The damage to Newcastle’s reputation may be too much for the board to take, and as disheartened Geordie fans will be aware, owner Mike Ashley is certainly not afraid to make the big decisions.
Pardew has apologised for his conduct, and has issued a pre-emptive strike in ensuring he isn’t axed, reassuring the board that he only 'tried to push him away with my head'.
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