Blogs & Opinion


Paul Merson:

Most Popular Posts:

Recent Comments:

Sam Tankard on After the disaster

"It's been the same old season for Arsenal, throwing away silly points at important moments in the season. Mers is right, out hopes of landing the title are over (again) and at the same ... " View all comments

Alan Pardew headbutts David Meyler: Sky Sports pundits react

Paul Merson Posted 1st March 2014 view comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted he 'massively regrets' the moment when he appeared to attempt to headbutt Hull City midfielder David Meyler during his side's 4-1 win on Saturday.

However, Sky Sports' experts suspect he could now face huge repercussions from both the FA and his employers for an incident, the type of which has never been seen before in a Premier League game. Here's what Jamie Redknapp, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas made of it...

Jamie Redknapp - It's totally unacceptable

Pardew: pundits say he faces big trouble after headbutt on Hull player

Pardew: pundits say he faces big trouble after headbutt on Hull player

I am trying to think if I have ever seen a manger in Premier League history do something like that and the answer is no. It was absolutely unacceptable; Meyler may have gone into him a little bit but you don't put your head towards him, it's just not right. As a manager you have to set standards and show responsibility as you are representing your football club, but this is the second time this year [he has been involved on the touchline] as he had a run-in with Manuel Pellegrini. I expect the FA to go in severely here as it is completely wrong and out of order.

Paul Merson - I've never seen anything like it

The ball was cleared for a throw and Meyler went to get it. Alan Pardew always stands on the sidelines during a game and Meyler pushed him out of the way to get the ball. When Meyler was coming back he said something and they both squared up and Pardew went [with a headbutt motion]. They both put their heads together and he went forward. Straight away Meyler went mad and the ref forced him away. The ref called Meyler over when it had all calmed down and showed a yellow card and then he went to Pardew with a red. Alan Pardew literally just looked and walked off, no arguing. He knew he'd done wrong straight away. I've never seen anything like that before. Alan Pardew was been in the game long enough, he's not a new manager. Sitting down? He'll be sitting down in the stands for a long, long time.

Phil Thompson - This is gross misconduct

He knows he has done wrong. We've seen the interview and he knows he's done wrong. Now it's a big call. He has won the game, but imagine if it had gone against him. Let's get this right, Meyler should not be pushing the opposition's manager with respect to him - but that doesn't mean Alan Pardew can go and do what he's done. He did push his head into Meyler's face. What goes on after this? What do his bosses see in him? He's got a massive contract there. This is, if you want, gross misconduct - and it's how they see it and how the FA see it. They could throw the book at him in big, big ways. I know Alan is saying he is going to sit down and you do get a rush of blood. It is heated down there and you sometimes cross the line. He's crossed it and he may have to pay the price.

Charlie Nicholas - This is a new level

I think the FA will be sharpening their pencils right now, I really do. He's been caught up in a few incidents this season. We've seen Mark Hughes throw a coat down, Gus Poyet the same, Arsene Wenger kicking a bottle and they all get punished, they all get banned. This is a new level. He has pushed the line for aggression. He is a very experienced coach and he has been caught up with this reputation. He has pushed a linesman before and they will be looking at him and thinking 'surely you've learned your lesson at your age and with your experience?' it doesn't seem as if he has.

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Latest News RSS feeds

Live transfer updates

Follow the latest news and gossip, as Scott Sinclair passes medical at Aston Villa ahead of loan move.

Mancini hints at Toure bid

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has hinted that he could bid for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure in the summer.

Cuadrado facing tough choice

Juan Cuadrado will find it tough to choose between Chelsea and Manchester United, says Tony Cascarino and Paul Walsh.

Agent: Pogba will leave Juve

Paul Pogba's agent expects the French midfielder to leave Juventus at some stage in the next two seasons.

WATCH: Turan throws his boot

Watch the remarkable moment Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan lost his cool and threw his boot towards an assistant referee.

Features

Title contenders A to Z: Part one of our series on Chelsea and Man City

Title contenders A to Z: Part one of our series on Chelsea and Man City

In a four-part series, we look at the reasons why Chelsea and Man City have stolen a march on their rivals in the title race...

Title contenders A to Z: Part two of our series on Chelsea and Man City

Title contenders A to Z: Part two of our series on Chelsea and Man City

In part two of our series, we look at six more reasons which set Chelsea and Man City apart from the pack...

Five classic Premier League matches between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge

Five classic Premier League matches between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge

Ahead of Saturday's title showdown between Chelsea and Manchester City, we look back a five classic Premier League matches between the two teams at Stamford Bridge.