Newcastle United plan to cope with Pardew ban

FEARS ... Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
FEARS ... Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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ALAN Pardew will today set about tackling his stadium ban with his Newcastle United players.

Pardew will also speak to the media for the first time since being handed a seven-match suspension for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

Newcastle’s manager will not be allowed inside the stadium for the first three games of his ban – Saturday’s trip to Fulham, followed by home clashes with Crystal Palace and Everton.

The 52-year-old will not be allowed to communicate with John Carver, his assistant, during a match, and will have to follow Saturday’s game from the team’s west London hotel. Pardew – whose players had yesterday off – will talk through the ramifications of the stadium suspension with his squad and staff today.

Any tactical or enforced changes will be hands of Carver, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper said: “John’s very experienced, having done it all before, and I’m sure he will be well-briefed.

“John obviously knows the club inside out, and whether as a full-time manager or caretaker, he understands what to do in that role too.”

The Magpies will have captain Fabricio Coloccini available after the defender returned from a week’s compassionate leave in his native Argentina.

Coloccini – given time off after a family bereavement – will return to partner Mike Williamson in the heart of Newcastle’s defence.

As skipper, the experienced 32-year-old international will also have an important role to play in the dressing room in Pardew’s absence.

And forward Loic Remy, the club’s 13-goal leading scorer, has recovered from the ankle knock he suffered while on France duty last week.

H Defender Remie Streete made his comeback from a five-week lay-off for Newcastle’s second string in a behind-closed-doors game against Gateshead.

Streete – whose last appearance was in the Under-21s’s derby defeat to Sunderland early last month – returned in a 2-2 draw against Gary Mills’s Conference side at the Magpies’ training ground.

Midfielder Gael Bigirimana also continued his comeback from an ankle problem by playing 90 minutes.

Callum Roberts and Tom Heardman were on target for Newcastle’s Under-21s, who next face Whitley Bay at Hillheads in the semi-finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup on Monday night.