NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew will learn his fate next week – with assistant boss John Carver braced for a long spell in charge.
Pardew yesterday accepted a Football Association charge of improper conduct.
The 52-year-old – who appeared to aim a headbutt at Hull City’s David Meyler during last weekend’s 4-1 win at the KC Stadium – has requested a personal hearing.
Pardew reacted angrily after being pushed by Meyler, who had retrieved the ball.
And an FA regulatory commission is expected to hear Pardew’s account of the altercation early next week, with a fine and touchline or stadium ban in prospect.
Carver would run the dugout in his absence from the touchline or stadium.
There have been suggestions Pardew could be banned for as many as 10 games.
But Pardew – who was suspended from the dugout for two games for a push on a linesman last season – could instead be handed a shorter stadium ban.
Newcastle have already fined Pardew £100,000 – the club has not revealed whether the money will go to charity or its Academy – and issued him with a “formal warning”.
However, he will not face any action from Humberside Police.
Meyler and Hull manager Steve Bruce accepted Pardew’s post-match apology.
Crucially, Pardew retains the backing of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, and will face no further discipline from the club.
Pardew has previously clashed with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and then-Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill.
The FA deemed the offence “non-standard” as there are few precedents.
However, then-Kidderminsters Harriers manager Mark Yates was banned for four games and fined £350 for headbutting Exeter City player Lee Elam in 2007.