Former Newcastle managers Alan Shearer and Graeme Souness tonight united in their condemnation of Alan Pardew, who was sent from the touchline for allegedly headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler in extraordinary scenes at the KC Stadium.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Newcastle legend Shearer asked, 'What on earth can Alan Pardew say to his players when they misbehave, how can he say anything to them now, after that ?
'I have never seen anything like that before, ever. I’ve seen managers on the touchline losing their patience perhaps, pushing other managers, but I’ve never ever seen a manager headbutt a player... It is absolutely staggering.
'Frankly I wouldn’t be surprised, and I don’t think anybody will be surprised at all, if Alan Pardew were to resign over this.
'Even if he doesn’t want to resign, the club might be saying to him – we might be doing you a favour – you resign, rather than us sack you, because that will have to be in his thinking also'.
Souness no stranger to on-field confrontations himself, agreed, saying, 'That is a sackable offence. I’ve been frustrated and upset by a number of things, but I’ve never gone down that road…
'Pardew has a track record of confronting people – he is extremely passionate, but this passion this time has gone too far.
‘The Premier League is the most watched league of any in the world and people don’t want to see that. That message is sending out – if that’s what the Premier League is all about – that will be the concern for the Premier League people who make the decisions. The decision makers will not like that'.
Newcastle beat Hull 4-1, but Pardew’s rush of blood to the head ensured that his team’s impressive away performance was a virtual irrelevance. Pardew was contrite after the game, claiming he was 'simply trying to get the lad out of my way but it simply all flared up around me.
'I’ve apologised to the player and to Hull', claimed the Newcastle manager.
'I haven’t had too many instances of having to sit in the stands and I’m not stupid and I do expect some sort of punishment which I will have to accept'.
However, his contrition is unlikely to save him from a potentially damaging FA investigation and severe sanctions, with his tumultuous tenure as Newcastle’s boss coming under increasing scrutiny.
Also speaking on beIN SPORTS, former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claimed that a lengthy touchline ban for the Newcastle manager is inevitable.
Halsey said: 'In all my years of refereeing I have never ever seen that…. What example does that set?
'If a player headbutts a player it’s an act of violent conduct and I really think the Football Association should take strong action.
'I like Alan, I got on really well over the years refereeing his teams, but that’s just unexplainable. You cannot do things like that and for manager to and do that to a player is just unforgivable.
I think he's looking at a minimum of 8 games (ban). It has to be 8 games suspension for a touchline ban', said Halsey.
'You can't condone this. Young children will be watching this and when they see this, what are they going to think ? He's supposed to be representing Newcastle United, he should setting examples'.
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