Pulis: Pardew still big influence

Tony Pulis' side take on Newcastle on Saturday

Tony Pulis' side take on Newcastle on Saturday

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Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is in no doubt Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will still have his "finger on the pulse" despite his ongoing three-match stadium ban at St James' Park on Saturday.

Pardew was reprimanded by the Football Association following a headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler during his side's 4-1 Barclays Premier League win at the KC Stadium last month.

The Newcastle manager - fined £100,000 by his club - received a seven-game suspension, including a three-game stadium ban, and so will not be able to be involved after the squad leaves their pre-match base.

Pulis, though, does not believe that will have a major impact in getting Pardew's message across when the action kicks off.

"Alan will have more control than people think, with technology today, you can always have your finger on the pulse," Pulis said at a press conference.

"If he is watching the game from afar, as long as he has contact - which he will have with the coaching staff - then I am sure they would have sorted that."

Pulis added: "Obviously you want to be there, in the thick of the action when all the preparation finishes, and you want to be there with the players when you can.

"There are a lot of managers who sit on the bench and they don't move, there are others, and I am one of them, who get really involved in the game,

"It is different for horses for courses, is there a right way, is there a wrong way? No, there is not."

Pulis believes it is understandable why some managers lose their composure on the sidelines, given the rollercoaster of emotions involved.

"Telling people who haven't managed what it's like is like telling a woman what it's like to have a baby. You don't understand," he said.

"I do get involved in the game (on a matchday). You obviously want to be there and in the thick of the action, but as a manager you don't make a mistake, you don't make a bad pass.

"So you have to control your emotion in some way. You do that personally and be strong. I have done stupid things, most managers have.

"You look back at yourself, and you can get embarrassed sometimes by the action you've taken, but you are involved emotionally and so desperate for your team to win, for your team to play well and for the supporters of your football club."

Pulis is facing up to something of a striker crisis after both Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle were ruled out with injury.

The Eagles are just three points above the relegation zone in 17th place, but have played two more matches than Sunderland, with whom they drew 0-0 last weekend.

Pulis must now take his depleted squad back up to the north east without either Morocco forward Chamakh, still troubled by a hamstring problem and now Gayle, whose ankle injury is still to be fully assessed.

Glenn Murray - himself only just fully match fit following long lay-off - and Cameron Jerome, on loan from Stoke, are now set to come into contention against the Magpies.

"Chamakh won't be fit for Saturday. It is a massive blow because he plays that position so, so well," Pulis said.

"He is a good player, can score goals and he can drop into that number 10 position.

"It is a miss, but we have to get on with it."

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