Manuel Pellegrini has aimed a not so subtle dig at Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew in the aftermath of Manchester City’s 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.
After a hectic opening to the top of the table clash in SE25, the Chilean boss was frustrated by the referee’s decision not to dismiss Scott Dann after a meaty challenge on Sergio Aguero, before allowing his anger to spill out when Pardew made his way into his technical area a few minutes later.
Clearly incensed at what he saw, the Blues boss grabbed Pardew’s jacket, pulling him back and shouting over what he felt was a lack of respect from the 54-year-old. Indeed, it is not the first time that the two have clashed, with a heated exchange between the two whilst Pardew was still Newcastle boss having gone down in footballing folkore since.
Following the game, the Eagles gaffer did his best to diffuse any sense of controversy, apologising for what was a minor indiscretion on his part before reminding the press that he later shook Pellegrini’s hand, but it seems that Manuel was still rather peeved at Pardew’s actions long after the game had come to a close.
Having secured a rather fortunate victory in the dying moments, you would think that City’s boss would want to discuss the grit and determination shown by his players, rather than a minute flash point from very early on in the fixture, but there is certainly reason to suggest that the two managers continue to think poorly of one another, despite Pardew’s attempts to play down the incident in question.
It’s interesting to note that Pellegrini chose not to reference either one of City’s bad challenges, or the penalty that should have been given for a foul on Yohan Cabaye in the opening 45 minutes; which, in the interests of balance and impartiality, all had a major impact on the balance of the tie too.
We can’t pretend we’re surprised.