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Carver to lead Toon as Pardew begins headbutt ban


Alan Pardew. Picture credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Alan Pardew. Picture credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Alan Pardew. Picture credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew will hand over control of his team on Saturday after admitting he feared he could lose his job for headbutting David Meyler.

Assistant manager John Carver will be in the dug-out for the Premier League trip to Fulham as Pardew starts a three-game stadium ban, which will be followed by a further four up in the stands in the wake of his guilty plea to a Football Association misconduct charge.

However, he will do so having revealed his misgivings over his future following the incident involving the Hull midfielder at the KC Stadium on March 1.

Asked if he had feared furious owner Mike Ashley might wield the axe, Pardew said: "You have to.

"When you are in the public eye, like I am, and an incident like that (happens), you have to fear for your future. Of course it's a relief because when you have made a mistake – and men make mistakes – my mistake was in front of millions of people, but you have to pay a price and there was a hefty price to pay.

"Mike acted swiftly and I accepted that, and we go forward."

In the longer term, Pardew has vowed to stay away from the touchline and has contacted the League Managers' Association to ask what help they may be able to give him after a series of flash-points.


But for now, he will hand the reins to Carver and ask him to implement his plans while he looks on from afar.

The 52-year-old said: "John Carver knows that game-plan inside-out and I have absolute 100 per cent trust in him to deliver that game-plan on to the pitch, alongside some of our senior players as well."

A penitent Pardew faced the media yesterday for the first time since his case was heard, and repeatedly reiterated his sorrow over his actions on Humberside, which detracted from a fine 4-1 victory.

He said: "It's been tough for my staff and players and everybody because I took away from what was a fantastic performance, which really hurts me because everyone will tell you that I am a team player and the team is everything."