The grey pound – Newcastle Utd boss Pardew thanks OAP who sent him a tenner towards his fine.

Alan Pardew confronting Hull City's David Meyler
Alan Pardew confronting Hull City's David Meyler

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.”