Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has shed light on life in the technical area ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Newcastle United.
The Geordies’ boss, and former Eagles hero, Alan Pardew will not be at St James’ Park on Saturday as he serves the second of a three-match stadium ban after headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler.
Pardew was also hit with a seven-match touchline ban, a club fine of £100,000 and an FA-backed fine of £60,000.
Despite his absence, Pulis believes Pardew’s side will not be adversely affected – and he also revealed that life as a Premier League manager can only be understood by those who have been there.
“There is a lot of pressure on managers and that small technical area can be a very emotional placed,” he said.
“It can also be very lonely, and unless you have been there as a manager, there is no way of knowing what it is like.
“Alan understands what he did was wrong and he should not have done it, and now he is paying a big price.”
He added: “He will be in touch with the team before the game and at half-time I am sure, but whether he’s there or not, how the players perform is down to them.
“Once they cross that white line, there is nothing Alan can do about it. So we must think of ourselves, and concentrate on doing our own job.”
After Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at Sunderland, Palace dropped to 17th in the table, just three points above the Black Cats who occupy the final relegation spot.
Palace, who may still be without Marouane Chamakh this weekend, have now gone four games without a goal from open play.
However, Pulis was pleased with his side’s performance.
He said: “Sunderland were wired for the game after their FA Cup disappointment, and the atmosphere was electric.
“Our lads were excellent, and they worked so hard they restricted Sunderland to very few chances.”