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Pardew relieved not to lose Newcastle job over Meyler confrontation

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Pardew relieved not to lose Newcastle job over Meyler confrontation

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said it was "a relief" not to lose his job after his confrontation with Hull City's David Meyler.

The 52-year-old sparked controversy during his side's 4-1 victory at Hull on March 1 when he clashed with Meyler on the touchline. Pardew has since been handed a three-match stadium ban and four-game touchline suspension by the Football Association (FA), with the former starting against Fulham on Saturday.

Newcastle formally warned Pardew and fined him 100,000 pounds in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but opted not to dismiss the former West Ham boss.

Speaking in his first press conference since learning his punishment from the FA, Pardew thanked his club for the backing it has given him.

"It was a relief when I was told I would not lose my job," he said. "My mistake was in front of millions of people and I had to pay a price. [Owner] Mike Ashley acted swiftly and we move forward. Since the incident, the backing I have had from the club has helped me."

Assistant manager John Carver will take charge against Fulham on Saturday, and Pardew insisted that Newcastle is fully prepared for its visit to the relegation-threatened club.

"Our game plan is in place. John Carver knows it inside-out and I trust him 100 percent to deliver it," Pardew added.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is poised to rejoin the first team after missing the win at Hull due to a family bereavement, a return that Pardew feels will be key in helping the team manage his absence from the dugout.

"Coloccini will come back into the team and he is important," Pardew said. "His captaincy needs to step up a level over the next three games."

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