Alan Pardew is allowed to contact his bench at Craven Cottage today despite being banned from the stadium.
The Newcastle United manager admitted this week he wasn’t fully aware of all the rules regarding his FA punishment, apart from the fact this afternoon’s Premier League match at Fulham is his first of a three-match ban before the four-game touchline ban comes into play.
Pardew claimed he would not attempt to contact John Carver during the match, preferring to keep out of the way altogether.
However, he would be allowed to do just that because the FA admit they couldn’t police it.
The ban is about taking the 52-year-old away from the environment where he put himself into trouble in the first place.
Pardew will watch the match at the team’s hotel where he will deliver his team talk at noon before the players travel across London to face struggling Fulham.
The temptation to contact anyone on the touchline during the 90 minutes, or at half-time, might prove too much for the manager, even if he is trying to turn over a new leaf and take himself out of the front lone action.
He does, however, have complete faith in Carver, who will be manager for the entirety of the game. Pardew said: “John’s naturally vocal in the changing room so that is not going to change.
“I think the change for John will be we can’t guarantee what their team will be. So at 2pm that side will come in and John is going to have some tactical calls on their team.
“We can predict their team, we’re usually 99 per cent right but there are always one or two players who might come in and surprise you. John will have to make that decision.”
Carver can be a fiery character himself, although suggestions he will struggle to control himself are grossly unfair.
Pardew has no fear his right hand man will be able to keep calm no matter what happens on the fied.
Asked if he will have to watch himself, Pardew added: “I think all my team do.
“Some of the reporting about myself and my team was over the top, but having said that we can’t say we have been totally innocent, even before this incident, so we need to address our behaviour.”
Newcastle would pick up their eighth win on the road in the Premier League if they beat a Fulham side this afternoon who look doomed to the drop.
Pardew is rightly proud of this record.
He said: “It comes from having a good game-plan away from home, having good pace in the team – which we have and which was a real problem for Hull – and sometimes a bit of luck, which we have had in certain away games.
“It’s a shame it has not been reflected at home in the same manner because our home form has been patchy and we are looking to improve that even though, after Palace, we have two really tricky games.”
Striker Loic Remy gave an interview this week in which he mentioned his desire to play for a top-five club.
Pardew was untroubled by the comments of a player who will be keenly missed this afternoon.
Remy has scored 13 times this season and is likely to get his wish and sign for a Champions League side when his loan deals at Newcastle runs out in the summer.
Pardew added: “I wouldn’t expect him to say anything less.
“Of course he comes out of the limelight now, but what he has done for us has been terrific and I can’t speak highly enough about him.”