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Pardew sentences himself to community service after foul-mouthed rant
NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew has sentenced himself to community service after his foul-mouthed rant at Manuel Pellegrini last weekend.
Pardew escaped punishment from the Football Association for the remarks he made towards the Manchester City boss following Cheik Tiote’s disallowed goal during his side’s 2-0 defeat.
However, the Magpies boss is keen to make up for his touchline misdemeanour and revealed he has plans to do some work in the community after receiving a dressing down for his behaviour from his own children.
“There are a couple of things I would like to do outside my work hours in the local community,” said Pardew, who also revealed he is looking into comments made by ex-referee Graham Poll about last Sunday’s game.
“I have heard from John Carver there are a couple of boys clubs struggling and I am going to do something with a housing association in Walker. That will be my penance to my two girls, who are a little bit miffed about my behaviour.
“The comments I made I apologise whole-heartedly more to family and friends and players and Newcastle fans, it was unnatural for me to say those words. In the heat of the moment they just sprung out.
“I am not proud of the comments I made. I am going to punish myself. I have got a couple of ideas I am going to do locally which will take up my time and money.
“They (Pardew’s two daughters) both go to public school. They were very very shocked. We don't have a swear jar at home, but my two daughters made it clear to me, ‘not appropriate daddy’.”
Last weekend’s incident wasn’t the first time Pardew has been in trouble on the touchline. The Magpies boss received a two-match ban and was fined £20,000 after shoving assistant referee Peter Kirkup during the opening game of the season.
His actions last Sunday have prompted a wave of criticism from pundits and the media, but Pardew insists he will not be changing his passionate ways.
He said: “I am the sort of manager that when I go on the touch line I am part of it, tactically, mentally, physically.
“I want my team to win. I will be the same at West Ham. West Ham fans know me. They know what I am like. I think I am fair with referees and I am as honest with criticism as I am with praise.
“I have always been the same on the sideline. I do not think I will change. The words and phrase I have used were inappropriate. No doubt about that. I could not even remember using those words after the game if I am honest.
“At the end of the game I am always the same. Shake hands, invite them for a drink. If I am invited for a drink I will go in. That will never change with me. Most managers who know me know I want the team to win.”
Pardew had every right to feel aggrieved after Mike Jones had ruled out Tiote’s wonder strike, because he deemed Yoan Gouffran to be interfering with play in an offside position following a conversation with his linesman.
Replays confirmed Gouffran hadn’t obstructed Joe Hart’s view of the ball, and Pardew feels the problems surrounding controversial decisions come down to a lack of funding for officials, although he believes the decision to drop Jones from this weekend’s Premier League schedule is right.
“I am on the technical panel of the League Manager’s Association (LMA) for referees,” said Pardew. “I do not believe they are funded properly. We should have professional linesman. I have some views that I think will help them. I have no problem with officials, simple as that. I am a person who wants to win on the sidelines. I will defend my team if anyone challenges it on that sideline.
“We have to put it to one side. I don’t think we are ever going to forget it because we have a big sense of injustice, but I do think the referees have made the right call with him not working this weekend.
“He got it wrong and he has paid a price for that. I’ve got no problem with that, I think it’s one game they miss and that says it all and that’s right. Hopefully it’s brought to the attention, I don’t think there is a rule change here, but I think referees and managers will be very focused on that type of goal this season because this highlights it, but in a good way.”