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Premier League managers need to set an example

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The Premier League is globally recognised as one of the best football leagues in the world and the time has come for managers to recognise the example they should be setting. 

In the wake of Saturday's incident between Alan Pardew and Hull City midfielder David Meyler, there's been a call for the Newcastle United manager to receive harsh punishment for the clash.

Eyebrows have been raised over the behaviour of Pardew and there has been speculation that he could be relieved of his duties after directing a headbutt at Meyler following their tussle on the touchline.

After all, if it was one of Pardew's players to be involved in such an incident, the individual in question would be certain to be criticised by the manager and would face severe punishment for their actions.

So what is the role of a manager in terms of their behaviour and what example should they set to both the players and fans in a league many respect?

Back in 2010, Jose Mourinho famously angered Barcelona and goalkeeper Victor Valdes in particular, when he expressed his delight at Inter Milan's Champions League semi-final victory over the Spanish giants.

As a manager, some were left feeling that Mourinho acted ungracefully and should've been more professional when celebrating, despite defying the odds to beat the Catalan giants on their own turf. That's not to deny a manager the right to celebrate and applaud the fans, but what losing player wants to see a manager run the length of the pitch and rub defeat in their faces?

Like Mourinho, Pardew is no stranger to controversy and was famously charged by the FA back in 2012 after pushing over a linesman.

This isn't a public execution of Pardew or a call for him to be sacked, but merely highlighting the question over whether managers should take a step back to prevent controversy and think before they act.

There's no denying that Pardew's incident with Meyler overshadowed Newcastle's confident 4-1 victory over Hull, with the former West Ham manager apologising in the post-match interview and fined by his club hours later.

The behaviour of a manager can have a damning influence on the team and Pardew isn't exactly setting an example if he's going around aiming headbutts at rival players and pushing assistant referees over.

I don't think it's down to the FA, the Premier League or the clubs to make an example, but the time has come for managers to take a step back and realise that their actions can ultimately have a worse affect on the club than a disappointing result.

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