ALAN Pardew says he’s been blown away by the support he’s got from Newcastle United fans – and especially the OAP who sent him a tenner towards his fine!
Pardew was hit with a seven-game ban for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler earlier this month.
The 52-year-old wrote to Hull manager Steve Bruce to apologise for his actions at the KC Stadium, and has accepted the Football Association’s suspension and £60,000 fine.
However, Pardew, also fined £100,000 by United, has been heartened by the backing he has got on Tyneside.
He even got sent £10 to go towards his huge fines, but the money was returned to the pensioner who had sent it.
“I made a mistake, and I regret that,” Pardew said.
“I’ve apologised to fans, our fans in particular.
“They’ve been absolutely brilliant. I’ve had so many letters. One pensioner offered me £10 towards my fine.
“I sent that back, bearing in mind it was my own fault!
“The most important thing is that I try to make myself a better manager.”
Pardew – whose side take on Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow – reacted angrily after he was pushed by Meyler during the club’s 4-1 win over Hull.
Asked if he was embarrassed by his behaviour, he said: “Yes, of course. Everybody has had varying opinions, but what you can’t get away from is the fact that most of the opinions have been pretty much that it was a situation I can’t get involved in.
“As the manager of Newcastle United, I need to make sure that never happens again.
“At the time, I didn’t think it was as bad as it appeared on TV, and I must have watched it 2,000 times now.”