You may not have noticed (haha) but there is a bit of storm brewing following on from events at the KC Stadium yesterday.
I don’t think anyone is saying that Alan Pardew wasn’t silly with his actions yesterday and should have controlled himself in a fashion more befitting of a Premier League manager. He’s even said that himself in the wake of the event.
However some news outlets are suggesting that Pardew could well face the sack. The words “gross misconduct” have been mentioned which generally spell the end of any employment contract and would give the hierarchy a way of disposing of Pardew without paying out a load of compensation. United had remained quiet on the matter until a statement released late last night revealed that they’d handed out a £100,000 fine and gave Pardew a formal warning. It seems he is safe, but what are the opinions of you guys? Should he have kept his job or should he be facing the axe?
My own opinion is that if people really do want to see Alan Pardew sacked for a spur of the moment reaction, then what happens next and how far do you take it? Should we have sacked Loic Remy after his headbutt at Norwich? If not, why is it any different?
I made a point somewhere in the comments yesterday about people being a tad hypocritical about all this by condemning Alan Pardew to hell. I mean we’ve hardly been staffed with angels in recent years. Jonathan Woodgate was convicted of affray, Joey Barton, well, is Joey Barton, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer tried to thump seven bells out of each other on the pitch. Even Alan Shearer did the odd silly thing on the pitch. None of them were sacked.
The point is that it is easy to act as judge, jury and executioner when you aren’t in the moment. Millions have seen what happened as it will be broadcast worldwide, but none us, even some of the players on the pitch let alone fans in the stand will know if there was a real trigger point to start with.
Not that it’s a justifiable excuse, there is none. Pardew will be punished by the FA and will probably have the book thrown at him. And quite right too. However this ‘mock shock’ a lot of fans, journalists and onlookers are displaying and this moral crusade that appears to be gathering pace is, to be frank, a load of bollocks.
He did wrong, he’s admitted he was in the wrong, he lost his head and will accept any punishment. I just think that calling for him to be sacked because of this is one punishment too far but what do you think? Have a vote below.