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Pardew buries hatchet and praises 'great' Wenger

Alan Pardew (left) and Arsene Wenger have had their disagreements. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has described Arsene Wenger as one of the great managers ahead of their Premier League match-up on Sunday.

Palace take on Arsenal at Selhurst Park hoping to extend a poor start to the season for the Gunners, who suffered a shock defeat to West Ham on the opening weekend.

The pair clashed on the touchline in 2006 when Wenger took exception to Pardew celebrating a last-minute winner for West Ham, and Pardew has also criticised the Frenchman for failing to promote English players.

The Eagles boss insists those disagreements after now firmly in the past.

"On the touchline we all have run-ins - we've both been in this game a long time," he said.

"In my opinion he is one of the great managers, absolutely. I don't think we'd ever seen the type of football played in the Premier League before Arsene.

"He definitely educated coaches and managers in this country on the beauty of possession.

"He's a very brave manager to play the way he does week in week out and stick to the principles he has.

Palace boss Pardew takes no pleasure in overtaking Newcastle

Alan Pardew is focused on Palace. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says he takes no satisfaction from seeing his new club overtake former employers Newcastle in the league.

Pardew has taken the Eagles from the relegation zone to now being one place above Newcastle.

I think my record at Newcastle speaks for itself.

I was manager of the year there just three or four years ago so I don't need to talk about that.

It gives me no satisfaction, and I mean that with all of my heart, that we are above them.

I can understand why some of the media would think that because of the way I left the football club, but the fact is the results we have had here have been terrific and I am really pleased with the progress the club is making.

That's what your focus is as a manager. You don't look back.

– Alan Pardew

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Alan Pardew gives thumbs up to winter 2022 World Cup

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew claims a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will help England's chances and that the world of football must just deal with any disruption the change in dates will cause.

Pardew has given the winter World Cup a big thumbs up. Credit: PA

The final decision on the dates will be made by FIFA on March 20, and Pardew said playing in Qatar in the summer would not have been right.

England certainly wouldn't benefit from a World Cup in the summer in Qatar - for our fans or for our players.

Qatar have won the process and we all have to understand in football that year could well be a winter World Cup. We have to deal with it and I'm sure we can.

We have to organise our winter leagues and programmes around it accordingly. Can it be a success? Absolutely, why not? Most World Cups are a success.

– Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle United manager Pardew also fined £60,000

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct. The Football Association said an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled the first three-matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew confronting Hull City's David Meyler (left). Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The ban comes after he was involved in an incident in which he appeared to headbutt a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of a fixture on March 1.

Newcastle's Alan Pardew banned for seven matches

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew confronts Hull City's David Meyler (left). Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Shepherd: Headbutt shame will follow Pardew for life

Freddy Shepherd has told ITV News Tyne Tees that the controversy surrounding Alan Pardew's headbutt of Hull's David Meyler will follow him for the rest of his life.

Speaking about the incident, the former Newcastle United owner said: "He has got that for the rest of his life. That will be on his back for the rest of his life."

In the interview, Freddy Shepherd also made it clear that he does not want to see Alan Pardew lose his job.

Football pundits condemn 'head-butt' by Pardew

Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and pundit Richard Keys took to social media to condemn Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who was fined £100,000 by his club after he appeared to headbutt Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Newcastle fine Alan Pardew £100,000 after 'head-butt'

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been fined £100,000 and received a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour at Hull, the north-east club have announced.

The club said they are "disappointed with the actions of its manager."

In a statement the club said: "His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United."

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