Football: Penitent Pardew seeks help after headbutt ban

Football: Penitent Pardew seeks help after headbutt ban
Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew.

LONDON - Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will seek "management counselling" as he starts his Premier League-record seven-game ban for headbutting an opposition player.

Pardew is barred from the stadium for the next three fixtures, starting with Saturday's trip to Fulham, and will then serve a four-game touchline ban as punishment for his clash with Hull City's David Meyler.

Speaking in public for the first time since the punishment was handed down by the Football Association, Pardew revealed that he had sent a letter of apology to Meyler over the incident, which occurred during Newcastle's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium earlier this month.

Pardew was also fined £60,000 (S$126,000) by the FA, in addition to a £100,000 fine from his club and, having previously fallen foul of the authorities for similar offences, he is determined to change his ways.

"Everyone makes mistakes, it's just that mine was played out before millions of people on TV," he said.

"I've spoken to a few chief executive officers at various firms who themselves have management counselling in terms of how they do their job better and I think that's an avenue that might work for me.

"I've spoken to Richard Bevan (chief of the League Managers' Association), who has been a great help in terms of finding someone who is going to work for me, someone I can just bounce ideas off.

"That's not just necessarily about what happens on the touchline, but with the pressures of the job I'm under.

"The big question for me when this incident happened is, 'How am I going to be a better manager out of it?' I don't want to lose that drive and passion that I have, but I want to channel it a bit better.

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