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Alan Pardew (left)
There was genuine shock around the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after it became known that Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew had headbutted Hull City midfielder David Meyler during the Magpies’ 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.
However, anyone who has held even just a passing interest in the coach’s 15-year managerial career will not be that surprised by Saturday’s shocking events in the North East. Pardew is a man with previous experience when it comes to the business of touchline altercations.
Whether it be the 52-year-old’s March 2006 clash with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger during his time in charge of West Ham United, an on-pitch run-in with Hull players in October 2007 as head coach of Charlton Athletic, or disputes with Sunderland and Manchester City managers Martin O’Neill (March 2012) and Manuel Pellegrini (January 2014), while at the helm at St James’ Park, this is not the first time Pardew has attracted such unsavoury headlines.
And if you were to also throw in for good measure the Londoner’s push of assistant referee Peter Kirkup during a Newcastle versus Tottenham Hotspur encounter in August 2012, then one begins to get a picture of a man seemingly with anger-management problems that need facing.