Pardew to address stadium ban with his Newcastle Utd players

CLASH ... Pardew and Meyler.
CLASH ... Pardew and Meyler.

ALAN Pardew will today set about tackling his stadium ban with his Newcastle United players.

Pardew will also speak to the media for the first time since being handed a seven-match suspension for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler.

Newcastle’s manager will not be allowed inside the stadium for the first three games of his ban.

The 52-year-old will not be allowed to communicate with John Carver, his assistant, during a match, and will have to follow Saturday’s game against Fulham from the team’s west London hotel.

And Pardew – whose players had yesterday off – will now talk through the ramifications of the stadium suspension with his squad and staff ahead of the club’s visit to Craven Cottage.

Any tactical or enforced changes will be hands of Carver, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

The hugely-experienced Carver, No2 to Sir Bobby Robson during his spell in charge at St James’s Park, has been a manager in his own right at Toronto FC.

Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, former United goalkeeper Steve Harper said: “John’s very experienced, having done it all before, and I’m sure he will be well-briefed.

“John obviously knows the club inside out, and whether as a full-time manager or caretaker, he understands what to do in that role too.”

Importantly, Pardew will have captain Fabricio Coloccini available after the defender returned from a week’s compassionate leave in his native Argentina.

Coloccini – who had been given time off after a family bereavement – will return to partner Mike Williamson in the heart of Newcastle’s defence.

As skipper, the 32-year-old will also have an important role to play in the dressing room in Pardew’s absence.

And forward Loic Remy, the club’s 13-goal leading scorer, has recovered from the ankle knock he suffered while on France duty last week.

United are eighth in the Premier League with 10 games left to play.