Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss could be given stadium ban, says Henry Winter

Last Updated: 07/03/14 1:32pm

Henry Winter told the Sunday Supplement that Alan Pardew could be banished from Newcastle games for the rest of the campaign after his altercation with Hull's David Meyler.

Magpies boss Pardew appeared to head-butt Meyler during his side's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium on Saturday and was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend.

Pardew has subsequently been fined £100,000 by Newcastle and handed a formal warning, but is likely to receive a substantial punishment from the FA, with the organisation's chairman Greg Dyke insisting the incident will be investigated.

Pardew has been caught up in controversy before - he directed a foul-mouthed tirade towards Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season and was handed a two-game touchline suspension for shoving a linesman last term.

The former Charlton and West Ham boss has apologised for his misdemeanour at Hull but Telegraph writer Winter says the 52-year-old must be given a severe ban - and possibly not be allowed in venues where Newcastle are playing.

"We know Pardew is a fairly hot-headed character but I was stunned [by what happened at Hull] and this is too far," said Winter, during a special Supplement from the Wembley pressroom.

"I will be surprised if we see him in a dugout - arguably even a stadium - for the rest of the season, judging by what the FA have been saying."

Winter does not feel Pardew's job at St James' Park is in danger and expects Mike Ashley to keep faith with a man who led Newcastle to fifth spot in the Premier League in the 2011/12 season and into the current top 10 this.

Mirror journalist Oliver Holt agrees but he urged Pardew to "grow up" after becoming an "embarrassment" to his club.


"I don't think it is a sackable offence as lots of things happen in football that don't apply in other walks of life," said Holt.

"But he is a lucky man if he keeps his job because of what has come previously.

"It was only a few weeks ago he aimed some distasteful words towards Pellegrini and now he is on the touchline head-butting someone from another team.

"He needs to learn and he needs to take himself away from the dugout."

Oli Holt on Alan Pardew

"I think he has become an embarrassment to Newcastle United, who already struggle with their ownership and some of the things they foist on the club.

"He needs to grow up, he needs to learn, and he needs to take himself away from the dugout."

The Sun's Shaun Custis added: "We are getting quite used to Pardew coming out and saying: 'Sorry about that, I didn't mean to do it, sorry, sorry, sorry,' but you can only say that for so long.

"I think he will take whatever punishment he gets as he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

"For me, it is up there with when Paolo Di Canio pushed referee Paul Alcock [for which he received an 11-game ban]."

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