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Alan Pardew Headbutt: A Step To Far?

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Alan Shearer believes Newcastle manager Alan Pardew should be relieved of his duties after he was caught on camera appearing to headbutt Hull’s David Meyler during the 4-1 win at the KC Stadium on Saturday, the former striker insists the manager has gone a step to far this time.

Meyler shoved Pardew out the way as he tried to retrieve the ball from the dugout area; this was when the Newcastle manager moves his head forward into Meyler’s face. The Hull player was not impressed and a short scuffle ensued.

Former Newcastle hero Alan Shearer said he would find it hard for the manager to maintain his job at St James’s Park, Pardew has been fined £100,000, issued with a formal warning by the club and will not face anymore disciplinary action from the club.

“What on earth can Alan Pardew say to his players when they misbehave?” Shearer said.

 “I have never seen anything like that before, ever.

“Frankly I wouldn’t be surprised, and I don’t think anybody will be surprised at all, if Alan Pardew were to resign over this.

“Even if he doesn’t want to resign, the club might be saying to him, “We might be doing you a favour – you resign rather than us sack you”, because that will have to be in his thinking also.

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“It will be very difficult for him to keep his job now.”

Newcastle was quick to discipline their manager and warned him over his future conduct, but they stopped short of sacking him.

Pardew could face a lengthy touchline ban
Pardew could face a lengthy touchline ban

The club issued a statement on the club’s official website, which read: “Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon.

“His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.

“It is most disappointing that this incident has taken the focus away from what was a fantastic performance by the team and an excellent result away from home which leaves the club in eighth place in the Barclays Premier League.

“Sadly, the headlines tomorrow will not be focused on the result or the efforts of the players, but instead on the actions of our manager.

“Alan unreservedly apologised immediately following the game to the player, to Hull City Football Club and its fans, and to the fans of Newcastle United.

“We have held discussions this evening with Alan who has offered his sincere apologies to the club and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions.

“Alan has accepted a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour today and also a club fine of £100,000.

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“The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment.”

The Newcastle manager has since offered an apology and he fully regrets his actions claiming it was in the heat of the moment, Hull City boss Steve Bruce accepted Alan Pardew’s apology for headbutting midfielder David Meyler

He will now be have to await the outcome of an FA investigation, he should expect a lengthy touchline ban from the powers that be.

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