Anton wants Pardew passion
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anton Ferdinand thinks Jose Mourinho would not mind an Alan Pardew celebration.
West Ham United centre back Anton Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho will not mind a goal celebration from Alan Pardew.
Hammers boss Pardew caused a stir when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confronted him after his celebration following a last-minute West Ham winner at Upton Park.
Wenger went on to claim that he was deliberately provoked by Pardew's celebration, despite the former Reading manager's apologies to the Frenchman for his actions.
However, Mourinho is no stranger to celebrating Chelsea goals, and with West Ham set for another London derby clash at Chelsea on Saturday, the England Under-21 international believes Pardew should be allowed to express his emotions on the touchline.
"Our gaffer showed passion in the right way," Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror.
"If you score a goal against a club like Arsenal in the last minute, you are going to react like that.
"He has always shown fight - you can see it in his team talks - and he is leading from the front.
"He got more respect from the dressing room for what he did - the boys loved it.
"It would be nice to see a similar celebration at Stamford Bridge in the last minute, if we get the winning goal. And I'm sure he would react the same way, anyone would.
"You saw when Chelsea scored at Barcelona, Jose Mourinho reacted in the same way.
"Mourinho would take it better than Wenger because he is a similar sort of character.
"You give as good as you get. That is the way our gaffer is."
Saturday's game sees The Hammers come up against former West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard, with the England star still unpopular for making the move across London to The Blues.
Ferdinand, however, believes West Ham fans should move on and get behind the club's current crop of emerging players.
"When he (Lampard) was at West Ham, he played his heart out until he felt it was best to move on," he added.
"It is time to move on. We have got some great young players such as Mark Noble, who has got the quality to be up there with the likes of Frank Lampard.
"We have got Nigel Reo-Coker and Hayden Mullins - great players.
"These guys can become England regulars, but in a West Ham shirt."