Crystal Palace chairman discusses Alan Pardew's previous headbutt incident

Alan Pardew

Steve Parish is not bothered by the history his Crystal Palace gaffer has.

This week has seen plenty of interest in Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson after yet another interesting incident from the boss. He called a journalist an 'ostrich' to cut a long story short. Following other outbursts this season and his joke strangle on James McArthur he has certainly become something of a controversy rod this season.

He is of course not the only manager to have picked up attention for such instances. Alan Pardew has always courted some controversy off the pitch, perhaps most famously when he head-butted David Meyler in a game between Newcastle United and Hull City in March last year.

But his current boss is not bothered by his past. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has spoken to The Independent about the incident:

“Alan as a manager at Newcastle was a positive experience for him. Alan has been in a different situation, probably not the pick of the fans, maybe the owner has slightly different things that he wants to achieve [to what] the fanbase wants to achieve. I thought he [Alan] managed that sensationally well. Yeah, you could pick the odd situation like the headbutt [on David Meyler].

“I thought it was a bit overblown given the things other managers have done, like the James McArthur situation [when he was grabbed by the throat by Nigel Pearson]. Nigel was very fortunate that was James, who is a top lad. The game was going on and he’s got hold of him!"

Of course there is no doubt that the Palace boss is pleased with the new gaffer. Pardew has been a fantastic addition to the cause at Selhurst Park. The former player has guided Palace to survival since taking over from Neil Warnock.

Now they are 12th in the table on 42 points with worries of relegation now truly in the past.

So no wonder Parish doesn't mind the headbutt!

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