“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.
It's very hard for Pardew to keep his job after this. It is not something you want to promote as the PL.”
Those were the words this afternoon of Graeme Souness on beIN Sports, who has classed Alan Pardew’s position at Newcastle United ‘untenable’ after an extraordinary afternoon for the Newcastle boss.
A scuffle broke out between him and Hull City midfielder David Meyler, formerly of Sunderland, and Pardew then inexplicably thrust his head into the face of the Irish midfielder.
It was an incident that had Jeff Stelling shouting himself hoarse in the Soccer Saturday studio.
It was shocking no doubt - and this is not the first time that Pardew has been in trouble for his touchline antics.
Remember him pushing the linesmen? Remember the Pellegrini spat?
One thing for sure is this, Pardew faces a lengthy ban.
But is Souness right - does he have to face the sack?
Personally I disagree with Souness - a hefty ban and fine are certainly warranted but in terms of sacking him for the incident - that seems a little rash.
The more cynical of football fans are obviously suggesting this could be Mike Ashley’s golden ticket if he does want to rid himself of Pardew.
The former Southampton manager’s lucrative contract at the club has made the spectre of sacking him an expensive one for the famously thrifty Ashley - and this could give him grounds to sack him, without paying a penny.
But the majority of Newcastle fans seem to be backing Pardew - especially when it comes to comments from Souness.
Souness is unpopular at St James Park for his time in charge of the club and he is certainly a fine one to talk on such matters.
Isn’t this the same Souness who almost started a city riot by planting the Galatasaray flag into the centre circle of Fenerbahce’s Sukru Saracoglu Stadium?
A ban and a ticking off - maybe a bottle of bubbly sent to the Meyler household courtesy of Mr. Pardew and that is the end of it.
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