Banned Pardew to steer clear of Newcastle’s matchday routine

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ALAN Pardew will not see his Newcastle United players at all tomorrow – having delivered his Crystal Palace team talk 24 hours early.

Pardew will serve the second match of a three-game stadium ban when Tony Pulis’s Eagles visit St James’s Park.

The 52-year-old delivered his final players’ briefing from the team hotel last weekend before they set off for Fulham.

But Pardew is reluctant to change the routine for a home game, and he will run through the tactics after today’s training session.

John Carver, Pardew’s assistant, will give any last-minute instructions to the team.

Pardew – who is allowed to communicate with Carver and his staff during the match – is expected to watch the Premier League fixture on a TV feed at the Magpies’ training ground.

“For 95 per cent of the games here, they arrive at the stadium and have a an hour and a half wait,” Pardew said.

“We do a little bit of prep at the ground.

“But this time, with me not being around, we won’t. I’ll keep it has normal as possible.”

Pardew admits that watching Newcastle’s 1-0 Craven Cottage defeat on TV was a “frustrating” experience.

“It’s little things,” said Pardew. “As a football manager, you might just say a comment in passing, or over a cup of tea, to a player that might influence them.

“Obviously, when you’re not there, you can’t do that.

“I can’t say to Papiss (Cisse) ‘I do really think this is going be to your day’. I can’t do those sort of things.

“That’ll be frustrating. But the biggest frustration is that I’m the manager of Newcastle, and I can’t be there. I can’t wait for it (the ban) to end, if I’m honest.”

Meanwhile, Pardew has backed midfielder Dan Gosling to bounce back after he was this week fined £30,000 by the FA for breaching betting rules.

“He’s a great lad, and it shouldn’t be a black mark against his name in terms of the way he plays and conducts himself,” he said.