Today is the day the FA are expected to inform Alan Pardew of his punishment for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler.

The Newcastle manager had requested – and been granted – a personal hearing, which will take place later today. An independent three-person panel will consider the evidence and reach an agreement on a suitable punishment for the 52-year-old.

They are to take into account Pardew’s history over the last two years, which includes a ban and fine for pushing an assistant referee and an unsavoury incident with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The most likely outcome seems to be that Pardew will be handed a stadium ban, meaning he won’t be allowed in the stadium on a match day. The length of the ban is yet to be decided, with no incidents before this one acting as any kind of yardstick.

Former Blackpool manager Paul Ince was given a five-match stadium ban earlier this season for pushing a match official.

Pardew’s charge is more serious than Ince’s, so the length of the ban could easily be longer, possibly even lasting until close to the end of the season – in 10 games time.