The evidence given by Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew in the tribunal case of former Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has been deemed “generally unconvincing” by the court.
Having been the Argentine’s manager at the time of his diagnosis with testicular cancer, Pardew had an understandably huge part to play in the overall decision over whether or not to keep him on the club’s books, with the former Magpie arguing that he was treated unfairly in the build-up to the end of his days at St James’ Park.
After being given the all clear from the disease in a medical sense, Gutierrez has been forthright in his desire to seek compensation of at least £2 million from the Toon Army, with the list of witnesses in the case including the club’s managing director Lee Charnley as well as the aforementioned Pardew.
It is no doubt a case that the now Palace boss would prefer to steer well clear of, but having been the Newcastle manager at the time of Jonas’ exit, his evidence was quite rightly seen as pivotal to the strength of the midfielder’s case against his previous club.
Whether or not Pardew will face any further action over the nature of the evidence he has given to date remains to be seen, but this news doesn’t reflect well on him in the slightest, both in relation to their final ruling and the perception of his general conduct throughout proceedings.
We shall keep an eye on the story should any further developments arise.