Alan Pardew feuds? Gotta love ’em, and we were treated to another on Sunday when the Newcastle United manager was caught calling his Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini something rhyming with ‘sucking cold front’…
Classy, eh? Now join us as we remember ten other great Alan Pardew feuds…
Alan Pardew v Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson confronted Mike Dean on the pitch when the referee overruled his assistant Jake Collin to allow a Newcastle goal at Old Trafford, despite it having been initially ruled out for offside.
Pardew later suggested that his Manchester United counterpart should have been sent off, drawing the following, stinging retaliation from Fergie:
Alan Pardew is the worst at haranguing referees, his whole staff, every game. He was at it the whole game on Wednesday. He shoved the [assistant] referee and makes a joke of it and he’s got the cheek to criticise me. It’s unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him.
Here’s a clip of Ferguson’s retaliation, in which he also labels Newcastle “a wee club in the north-east”…
Alan Pardew v Martin O’Neill
The following took place when Newcastle were awarded a penalty in an “ill-tempered” Tyne-Wear derby…
Said Pardew afterwards…
Silly things got said on the bench, it got out of hand and it was unsavoury but it happens. It’s a passionate game but maybe I could have been a bit more grown-up about it. It looks terrible but it was just sheer relief we’d got a penalty.
He also claimed that he’d “never done that before” which, as this article shall go on to show, was an outright lie.
The feud wasn’t finished there – Pardew’s claim that Sunderland had played “ugly” was dismissed by O’Neill, who pointed to the half-time stats as evidence to the contrary.
Alan Pardew v Arsène Wenger
Pardew also once criticised Wenger for having too many French players in his side, an observation that has a touch of the ‘pot kettle black’ about it now.
Alan Pardew v assistant referee Peter Kirkup
Pardew was sent to the stands for pushing Kirkup during an opening-day match against Tottenham Hotpsur, and he was subsequently given a two-game touchline ban.
I hold my head in shame. I was just saying to the players about the great Olympics and how to set an example and there’s me pushing the linesman over. It was comical, he just happened to be right in front of me. I went in and said I’m sorry and said I would have to apologise publicly too because it was ridiculous.
Here is the light shove in all its glory…
Alan Pardew v Pedro Martins
Assistant manager John Carver had to stand between Pardew and Maritimo boss Pedro Martins Pedro Martins following an incident which saw Gael Bigirimana booked for fouling Joao Luiz after he failed to return possession to the visitors from a drop-ball.
It just got a little bit heated there, we were all angry, their bench and ours. I don’t think there’s any bad feeling, we shook hands after.
A familiar refrain.
Alan Pardew v Graham Carr
Newcastle’s Director of
Comedy Football was reportedly hired in order to settle a dispute between Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr, father of TV ‘Chatty Man’ Alan no less.
It is believed that Pardew criticised Carr over some of the signings made by the club, with a “Toon insider” supposedly telling the Mirror:
Carr and Pardew are at daggers drawn. Carr says that the players he has brought in are good enough, Pardew says they are not. Kinnear has been brought in as a trouble-shooter, as Ashley does not know what to do – he doesn’t know who is right or who is wrong.
Thanks, “Toon insider”.
Pardew v BBC – he was banned from Match of the Day for comparing Michael Essien’s tackle on Ched Evans to rape…
Pardew v Fabricio Coloccini – Pardew admitted to a training ground bust-up, but they reconciled with an on-pitch embrace following a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Pardew v Carl Fletcher – Er, you might want to google this one for yourself.