Alan Shearer wouldn’t be surprised if Alan Pardew were to resign as manager of Newcastle United following his actions at the KC Stadium.
The Magpies boss was sent to the stands after appearing to headbutt Hull City midfielder David Meyler, after they clashed on the touchline. Pardew apologised immediately after the match, in which his side won 4-1, and his club wasted no time in trying to draw a line under the incident by issuing him with a formal warning and £100,000 fine.
It remains to be seen what action the Football Association will take, but it would not be a surprise if Pardew is handed a lengthy touchline ban. And whilst Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, is not believed to be considering the future of the 52-year-old, club legend Shearer wouldn’t be surprised if the manager resigns in the coming days.
“What on earth can Alan say to his players when they misbehave?” Shearer, who scored a record 206 goals for the club, said. “I have never seen anything like that before. Frankly I wouldn’t be surprised, and I don’t think anybody will be surprised, if Alan Pardew were to resign over this. It will be very difficult for him to keep his job now.”
The incident overshadowed what was otherwise a fantastic day for Newcastle, coming a week after they beat Aston Villa 1-0 to end a run of four matches without a win. Moussa Sissoko scored a brace at the KC Stadium, with the other goals coming from the prolific Loic Remy, who now has 13 for the season, and Vurnon Anita.