United picked up another impressive away win at Hull on Saturday as we finally did what we’ve threatened to do in several games this season and dish out a hiding away from home. 7 away wins now for the season. Last season’s disastrous away form has been well and truly put to bed. With Fulham, Stoke & Soton still to come away from home there is scope for us to best an all time away season record. With Fulham and Palace to come next, we’re looking up the table rather than down after opening a gap with 9th and well away from the likes of Norwich, Hull and the Saints – oh just why can’t we compete with these teams!
So enough about the match (as there has been no media reaction to it), and on to the ridiculousness of Alan Pardew. What he did was mad. Unhinged and unprofessional. He’s been fined £100K (I think the maximum they could legally fine him was 6 weeks wages, so that gives us an idea of what he earns a year!) and will face a ban from the FA. That’s it. Watching the game, I knew there would be a media shit storm. The scale of it I could never have imagined.
A precedent was set on Saturday evening when Robbie Savage openly called the incident ‘unprovoked’. Whilst there can be no justification of Pardew’s reaction, it certainly wasn’t ‘unprovoked’. David Meyler pushed the manager (with a fair bit of force) for absolutely no reason. He was rightly booked by the referee. For a MotD pundit to not be called up by his colleagues on this represented the end of the reasoned debate on the subject. You can watch their analysis below as it’s the first issue on the programme. They fail to show any highlights footage of the game. If you think Pardew should be sacked, remember that you agree with Robbie Savage.
I listened to Radio 5’s ‘606’ programme on Saturday (which Savage also appeared on) and to say that the witch hunt began in earnest would be an exaggeration, would be an understatement. They let one NUFC caller come on and say that Pardew only had the job as he owed Ashley money. This theory is one of the most ridiculous things I’d ever heard back in 2010. I presume someone cooked it up as they couldn’t explain Pardew’s appointment and knew Dereck Llambias used to run Casino’s. Madness. So for a national broadcaster to allow a supporter to say this (libellous) statement and then discuss it, defies belief. Can you imagine a caller ringing in about Brendan Rogers and stating a recent allegation made about him (google it) and the caller not being cut off or apologies being made? It proves that any sensible debate had well and truly gone out of the window as the BBC (of all people) bade for blood. The programme makes hard listening as Savage makes a string of highly hypothetical claims like the players will refuse to play for Pardew, his authority has been undermined, Newcastle have to sack him for the good of football etc. Quite staggering stuff for what was essentially an overreaction from Pardew where no one was hurt.
Surprisingly Phil McNulty, the BBC’s chief football l writer (aka top 6 news aggregator) penned a scathing article immediately after the incident.
His article, penned immediately after the match is basically a hatchet job and it set the tone for the coverage on the piece. He says Pardew has a string of offenses and his contrition is irrelevant in the face of such a poor record.
He cites calling Pelegrinni names. YOU DID WHAT ALAN?? You swore at a manager. Like loads of managers do on a weekly basis. He was banned in 2006 for celebrating a goal in front of Wenger. ALAN HOW DARE YOU DO THAT 7 YEARS AGO. Then he pushed the linesman, which is the only salient point Mcnulty makes. Hardly a rap sheet. Yet McNulty rekons Pardew is a repeat offender. Give it a rest man.
This is my pick of all the stuff written on Pardew this weekend:
“Pardew must be punished in a manner that will finally convince him that the technical area is not a place where opposition managers and players should be verbally and physically abused. And he must be kept away from it for a very long time.”
‘Physically and verbally abused’. Clown. Have a read of this below on Luis Suarez biting a player (the last time there was such a media frenzy of a single incident). McNulty seems to be a lot less bothered about the whole thing. He initially criticizes L’pool then praises them and says he understands their position. One of their players bit someone.
The Guardian Coverage
United make number 5 in their 9 talking points about the weekend.
Written by Niall McVeigh – “but this snarling, seemingly unprovoked attack was the stuff of pub car parks”. I don’t think Niall McVeigh has been to a pub before. Jesus Christ man.
The match report written by James McMath at least reports some of the facts rather than just opinion, as most sports writers have done. Pardew reckons Souness should keep his trap shut. He’s right.
I’ve decided not to go into the rest of the national media reaction. To be fair Neil Warnock on Talk Sport was sticking up for Pardew was saying that kind of thing has happened more often than you think, even in the Championship and the press have latched onto this one despite their being major provocation.
The shite about Pardew’s England managers chances being ‘dealt a blow’ are an embarrassment to the media. Proper, bona-fide, blatant shit stirring. Trying to glean every last ounce from a none existent story
The Hull View
The Hull blog ‘the Amber nectar’ has posted both a match report and some points of discussion. Worth a read, Their comment about Pardew taking the heat of their poor performance is spot on. They have a gripe about Pardew and about stewarding towards us and them….I wasn’t aware anything had happened but they’re riled by something.
So overall I’ve not read too much this week as once you’ve read it once, you’ve read it a hundred times. The national agenda is the same: he should go. I don’t see why. If he had actually headbutted someone then I could understand. He did what scores of players do every weekend. No one got hurt. No one died but everyone is angry.
I’ve read a lot of disappointing stuff from some NUFC fans (most who disagree with every single opinion I hold on United so it’s hardly surprising). Shearer probably falls into that category. The fact he was mouthing off to Richard fucking Keys about Pardew being sacked is depressing. Who would take over? Why should Pardew be sacked yet Alan didn’t get a ban for kicking Neil Lennon in the head? Which was worse? Pardew’s the manager but he doesn’t run Killingworth U9’s. People have been rattling on about the manager setting an example to players. The players are millionaire adults who surely are capable of making their own decisions.
I noticed that Real Madrid’s players didn’t go about gouging opponents eyes after Mourinho did it to the Barca coach in 2013. I hope Pardew learns his lesson. I hope he doesn’t get a stadium ban as there is no precedent or need for this.
Finally, United scored 4 away from home. It doesn’t happen too often so I still enjoyed the win. If you’re a Mag and complaining about ‘class’, go and support the Mackems. They claim to have it in abundance.
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