Newcastle boss won’t see players before Crystal Palace clash

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has revealed he won’t see his Newcastle United players at all tomorrow – having delivered his Crystal Palace team talk 24 hours early.

Pardew will serve the second match of a three-game stadium ban when his former club visits St James’s Park.

The 52-year-old delivered his final players’ briefing from the team hotel last weekend before they set off for Craven Cottage.

But Pardew is reluctant to change the routine for a home game, and he won’t address his side before they arrive at St James’s Park.

Instead, he ran through the tactics after today’s training session. And John Carver, Pardew’s assistant, will give any last-minute instructions to the team.

Pardew – who is allowed to communicate with Carver and his staff during the match – is expected to watch the Premier League fixture on a TV feed at the club’s training ground.

“For 95 per cent of the games here, they arrive at the stadium and have a an hour and a half wait,” Pardew said.

“We do a little bit of prep at the ground.

“But this time, with me not being around, we won’t. I’ll keep it has normal as possible.”

Pardew was handed a seven-match ban in total by the Football Assocation for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler early this month.

And he has admitted watching Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat to Fulham last Saturday was a “frustrating” experience.

It wasn’t just his inability to make changes from the touchline, Pardew also missed the exchanges with his players before a match.

“It’s little things,” said Pardew. “As a football manager you might just say a comment in passing, or over a cup of tea, to a player that might influence them.

“Obviously, when you’re not there, you can’t do that.

“I can’t say to Papiss (Demba Cisse) ‘I do really think this is going be to your day’. I can’t do those sort of things.

“That’ll be frustrating. But the biggest frustration is that I’m the manager of Newcastle, and I can’t be there. I can’t wait for it to end, if I’m honest.”

The FA independent regulatory commission considered handing Pardew an even longer stadium ban, but its members were swayed by his contrition and a number of mitigating factors.

Pardew – fined £160,000 in total by the FA and United for his actions – had requested a personal hearing.

“I just thought it was important that they heard from me, that in the future I’m going to have to make sure that type incident doesn’t happen for me again,” said Pardew.

“I wanted to reassure them of that, which I did. I have taken my punishment and it’s there for everyone to see.”

Meanwhile, Pardew has backed midfielder Dan Gosling to bounce back after he was this week fined £30,000 by the FA for breaching betting rules.

“He’s a great lad, and it shouldn’t be a black mark against his name in terms of the way he plays and conducts himself,” he said.