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Newcastle boss Pardew reflects on record seven match ban

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is looking to the future following his record seven-match ban for head-butting Hull City's David Meyler. The punishment sees Pardew become the first Premier League manager to be handed a full stadium ban.

The first game of that sanction comes with Saturday's visit to Fulham, and speaking ahead of that match Pardew said: "It was an independent panel and it was a decision that I was going to accept. I had no intention to appeal the decision whatever it was, and therefore was going to accept what they decided to do."

Pardew was additionally fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the FA. That followed a £100,000 fine and a formal warning from his club.

"I just want to reiterate my apologies, to David and Steve [Bruce, Hull's manager] in particular, to fans up and down country, but particularly my own at Newcastle who have been terrific, and the club and Mike [Ashley, Newcastle owner] for supporting me over a situation I should never have got involved in and was stupid.

"I sent a letter to Steve to say there was no animosity on my side towards David, and to say sorry basically for the incident that happened. I deeply regret it."

Pardew also revealed he has spoken to both the Newcastle board and the League Managers' Association over his behavioural issues.

"It's something that I went to the board for, because what I must do when I come out of this situation is become a better manager," he said.

"I've had something like 678 games and only had one touchline ban before this one, but that doesn't mean to say what I did has any justification. I've spoken to the LMA about maybe some management consultant issues that I could look at that might help."

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