Newcastle United will set up video analysts in a hotel room for manager Alan Pardew as part of a contingency plan formulated to cope with life without their manager on the touchlines for the foreseeable future.
Pardew’s personal hearing is scheduled for this afternoon at Wembley and having already admitted a charge of improper conduct, the United manager is expecting a heavy sanction for his touchline altercation with David Meyler.
It is a view shared by Newcastle, who have already briefed a team of video analysts to come up with a way that the United boss can watch and affect the rest of the season’s games – without actually being present at the ground.
Given the noises coming from the Football Association over the incident, Newcastle are prepared for a stadium ban – even though Pardew’s legal team will argue that a precedent has been set by the treatment of then Kidderminster boss Mark Yates, who was banned for four games for headbutting a player.
If the FA follow through with the sanction it is expected that United will rent a hotel suite and Pardew will be given access to the technology that the club’s team of analysts usually use to inform their post-match debrief. Pardew will pick and prepare the team as normal for the trip to Fulham, with the club’s preparations beginning after a scheduled day off on Wednesday.
The respected and experienced United assistant John Carver is expected to lead the Magpies out at Fulham with Steve Stone acting as his number two. It is not yet clear who will give this week’s scheduled press briefing, although Carver is expected to step in for media duties at the end of Saturday’s clash at Craven Cottage. Premier League rules stipulate that United must hold a pre and post-match press conference.
As Pardew heads to the capital for his own hearing, United midfielder Dan Gosling could also find himself in hot water after admitting breaching betting regulations.
The Newcastle man, who has been on loan at Blackpool, has requested a personal hearing – which is set for next week – at which he will argue that naivety rather than any conscious misconduct was responsible for breaching betting rules.
The Journal understands that he has fallen foul of the regulations by putting money on betting accumulators. He believed that if he avoided placing money on Blackpool and Newcastle games he would not be in danger of breaching the rules but that is not the case, hence the charge that has been levied against him.
Gosling is expected to be one of the players who leaves St James’ Park in the summer, although he has been involved in the last few matchday squads following the sale of Yohan Cabaye.
An FA statement read: “Newcastle United’s Daniel Gosling has admitted an FA charge in relation to multiple breaches of Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting.
“Gosling has requested a personal hearing, the date of which will be set in due course.”
As United prepare for a big day off-the-pitch, there is an important night for their young guns as they look to reach the last four of the FA Youth Cup by beating Chelsea this evening.
Newcastle are looking for a big crowd at St James’ Park for the 7.05pm kick off, with Adam Armstrong and the hat-trick hero from the fourth round Jonathyn Quinn both set to be involved against a strong Blues side.
Carver and Stone, who have worked with the reserve and Academy players, are set to take in the game. Manager Dave Watson is looking forward to the game.
He said: “It’s the one the kids look forward to because they get to play at the big grounds. The manager is usually watching, John Carver, Steve Stone and all of the first-team staff.
“So for them to perform on the big stage is great for them. The main mission is to get the kids to progress from the Academy into the development squad. That’s the next step and the main aim. Then see if they can hold their own in there.”