WHAT WAS THAT? Manuel Pellegrini and Alan Pardew exchange words after Tiote's goal was ruled out [NORTH NEWS]
Pardew, whose Newcastle side lost 2-0 to City, shouted 'Shut your mouth, you f****** old ****" in an outburst that could land him in trouble with the FA after his side had a goal disallowed. Goals from Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo put City top of the Premier League, at least until tonight, with Arsenal playing at Aston Villa.
But with City 1-0 ahead, Pardew - whose club are sponsored by Wonga - was left furious when Cheick Tiote's 34thminute equaliser' was ruled out for offside.
The decision triggered Pardew's four-letter riposte and left Pellegrini, 60, clearly angered by the exchange. Pardew said: 'I have apologised for that particular word. You know, we always tease each other and have words. What he said to me is going to remain private, but it didn't merit my response, to be honest.
'I hear that what I said has been picked up a bit and I apologise for my comments. It was a heat of the moment thing, words that we always have as managers, to a degree. I've apologised to him and I'm fortunate that he's accepted it.
THE GOAL THAT NEVER WAS: Tiote's stike which was ruled out [SKY]
I hear that what I said has been picked up a bit and I apologise for my comments
Alan Pardew, Newcastle United manager
'I was frustrated today. And I think most Newcastle fans were, but I did not complain at every decision."
Pellegrini said: 'I'm not surprised. I know they are playing at home and they have advantage in that sense but it is impossible to complain about every decision. That is why I had a problem with Alan."
Pardew was so incensed at half-time he was arguing with referee Mike Jones as they went down the tunnel at the interval after offside was given, even though the official's assistant did not have his fl ag up.
This barnstorming match left Samir Nasri nursing medial knee ligament damage following a crude second-half challenge by Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
THE MAN WHO DISALLOWED IT: Referee Mike Jones [REUTERS]
Nasri needed five minutes of treatment before he was taken off on a stretcher and Pellegrini was enraged, convinced Yanga-Mbiwa should have received his marching orders.
Pellegrini said: 'It was a very unfair kick from the Newcastle player. It was a red card, definitely. I don't understand why he was not sent off.
'Nasri has a problem with the medial ligaments in his knee. We will see tomorrow how bad it is, but I think it is a serious injury."
Pardew defended Yanga-Mbiwa - who had two swipes at Nasri before bringing him down - as clumsy, rather than dangerous.
He said: 'Mapou made up his mind that he didn't want Nasri to get away and was a bit rash in the challenge, but he's not a nasty player. I hope Nasri's OK."
Alan Pardew has spoken of his determination to see the job through at The Hawthorns despite a damaging run of results and off-the-field controversy, yet the West Brom Albion manager has also acknowledged the growing pressure around his position.
Albion have won one of their 13 league games since Pardew’s appointment, leaving the club seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, and the scrutiny surrounding the manager’s future has intensified in the wake of the antics in Barcelona last week, when four players broke a midnight curfew and allegedly stole a taxi during a team-bonding trip.
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Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill have apologised for their part in the incident that led to them all being fined two weeks’ wages, but Albion remain a club in crisis and the focus has shifted to Pardew before a critical home game against Huddersfield Town. A defeat would be calamitous for Albion’s survival hopes and leave Pardew fighting to hold on to his job.
“[Antonio] Conte summed it up this week by saying you’ve always got a bag packed [as a manager] – I’ve got a bag-and-a-half packed,” Pardew said. “If you’re asking me how I feel, I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry with what’s happened this last week, but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave the football club.
“The spotlight does fall heavily on the manager, as José Mourinho has found out this week like myself, and we’re probably both hoping it’s somebody else’s turn next week.”
Albion anticipated Pardew’s arrival would provide the sort of bounce that clubs often enjoy after making a managerial change, yet there has been no tangible improvement in results. Pardew said: “I’m not surprised but disappointed that it hasn’t happened, and disappointed for the people that employed me. I’ve got 11 games to hopefully put that right. It’s not for the want of trying. I’ve gone into my records and used most of my repertoire but I’ve still got a few things to go.”
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Outlining his reasons for thinking that Albion can still stay up, Pardew claimed performances have been better than results suggest and said that he was pinning his hopes on Daniel Sturridge, James Morrison and Nacer Chadli, all of whom remain sidelined through injury, contributing during the run-in. “Strange things happen in football,” he said. “Leicester proved that three years ago and I’m not talking about them winning the league. It’s about getting that victory and building on a victory.”