Alan Pardew has until 6pm today to appeal against his charge of improper conduct by the FA.

The Newcastle manager is expected to plead guilty to the charge and accept the punishment handed to him.

Pardew will undoubtedly be given some kind of ban, although whether that is a touchline ban (as is normally the case when managers get into trouble) or a stadium ban is yet to be seen.

A stadium ban prevents Pardew from coming to St James’ Park on match days for the length of the sentence, meaning the team talk and substitutions would have to be handled by assistant manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone.

Former Blackpool manager Paul Ince was given a stadium ban for five games earlier this season, after threatening a match official after his side won 2-1 against Bournemouth. He was also fined £4,000.

The seriousness of the incident, combined with the never-before-seen nature of the clash means the FA have no benchmark from which to go by, so the length and type of ban could be anything. However, if Pardew is patrolling the touchline (or sat with the bench like he said he would from now on) in the next five games, he could consider himself rather fortunate.