Alan Pardew’s two match touchline ban comes into force on Monday night when Newcastle United face Everton and Goodison Park. His ban will also see him miss Chris Hughton’s return to St James’ Park.
As any manager knows, sitting in the stands watching your team’s progress can be one of the hardest things to be punished with. You are only able to prep your team before they go out on the pitch and then only be able to offer instructions during the half-time interval.
Alan Pardew is a very vocal manager, always seen in his technical area issuing instructions to his players. Never without a pen and a paper, he makes a note of tactics and how the players perform during the match. Without Pardew there for the next two games, it does raise the issue of whether the team will operate differently without the silver fox at the helm?
The team could miss his vocal presence and guidance when the game plan doesn’t seem to be working. However assistant manager, John Carver is more than capable of issuing instructions on Pardew’s behalf.
Along with Carver being able to guide the team, I expect Pardew to have some form of communication with the bench so that he will be able to make any changes to the team if necessary.
It shouldn’t affect the team too much at all as he will no doubt make his tactical plans to the team clear during the training sessions leading up to both the Everton and Norwich City matches.
What do you think? Will it have a negative effect on our performances? Will it be no different in his absence? Could the team play even better knowing they haven’t got the pressure of a manager breathing down their necks all game?