Pardew lays into Robbie Savage after pundit’s ‘broken man’ jibe.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has slammed BBC pundit Robbie Savage following his side’s comeback to draw 2-2 with Hull City at St. James’ Park today, report the Mirror, after the former Welsh international described Pardew as a ‘broken man’ following the Magpies’ 4-0 defeat at Southampton last weekend.
Pardew was under intense pressure ahead of the game against Hull at St. James’ Park, with a ‘Sack Pardew’ campaign amongst the club’s supporters having gained significant momentum, with the crowd in the North East well and truly having turned by the time that Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diamé had put the Tigers two goals to the good with 20 minutes remaining.
Newcastle were able to showing something that has been absent from their game so far this season, however, and fought back thanks to two neat finishes from substitute Papiss Cisse on his return from injury, potentially granting Pardew a stay of execution.
The Magpies’ manager event went on the attack in his post-match press briefing, targeting Savage in particular, who had described Pardew as looking like a “broken man” following his side’s thrashing on the South Coast seven days ago.
Pardew targeted former Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City star Savage by name as he derided the “unfair” criticism that he is sometimes given by the media:
“I think sometimes there are some really unfair things, I’ll pick out Robbie Savage for this week because he said I was a broken man and I was far from that this week.”
“I’ve tried to carry the job with dignity and be honest, and I think sometimes it’s nice if professionals in the game reflect that.”
“I thought that article was not right and we’ve had a lot of press like that.”