Alan Pardew makes a fool of himself with joke about Harry Kane’s mum

Pardew’s history of being annoying

Alan Pardew can’t help himself. The former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace boss has a long history of controversial outbursts, be they verbal or otherwise. There was his infamous description of a Michael Essien tackle as ‘rape’.

There was his headbutt on Hull player David Meylor. His countless fights on the touchline with opposing managers. Arsene Wenger, Martin O’Neill and Manuel Pellegrini have all had to put up with him.

There was – as if you could forget – his slimy dance celebration when Palace scored against Manchester United in the 2016 FA Cup final again. Juan Mata equalised shortly afterwards and, upon being substituted, asked teammates if he really saw Pardew imitate Peter Andre on the touchline. He was disgusted. But he shouldn’t have been surprised.

Maybe he could have even been a little sympathetic. As I wrote earlier, Pardew can’t help himself.

Harry Kane’s mum

Now we have another example of Pardew not being able to help himself. Now a Sky Sports pundit, he was speaking before the match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the Olympic Stadium.

Pardew, a former manager of West Ham, was joined by Jamie Redknapp and Teddy Sheringham, as well as presenter Dave Jones. The topic turned to Sheringham in his playing days with Redknapp comparing him with Harry Kane.

Redknapp joked that Sheringham was moany on the pitch and never blessed with pace. Pardew, trying to dress like James Bond but looking like Brick Tamland, lit up. This was his opportunity to say something.

So he made a joke about Sheringham being slower than Kane’s mum. Now we don’t believe this was intended to be a remark about the intelligence of Kane’s mother. We think he literally spoke about her speed.

As in, ‘my granny can run faster than that’.

It wasn’t that it was offensive. It was that it was crap and juvenile. Pardew looked like he was getting so giddy that Jones had to firmly say ‘steady’. He’d probably been trained for a moment like that.