Thursday evening brought the rather unsurprising news that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had accepted a charge of improper conduct by the FA.

The 52-year-old has requested a personal hearing in an attempt to minimise the impending ban that is coming his way, the date of which is yet to be announced.

And Pardew could use an unlikely source to try and rescue himself.

Mark Yates was manager of Kidderminster Harriers when he headbutted Exeter City’s Lee Elam on the pitch in 2007 and was handed a four-match touchline ban and a £450 fine.

The Newcastle manager has already been fined £100,000 by his club but could claim that the ban set for Yates should act as a yardstick for Pardew’s clash with Hull City’s David Meyler.

However, this all seems like the Magpies boss is clutching at straws, as the incident in the Conference game almost seven years ago is hardly anything like the global attraction that is the Premier League.

That match was witnessed by under 5,000 fans, barely a comparison to the 24,903 that were inside the KC Stadium last Saturday. And that isn’t to mention the millions that have now seen the incident on satellite television and the internet.

Pardew will argue that the Yates incident sets a precedent for what happened at the KC, but it would be a major surprise if the FA took the slightest of interest in his pleads.

The Toon boss has something of a track record when it comes to touchline bust-ups.

Just earlier this season Pardew was sent a letter by the FA reminding him of his professional responsibilities, after he was caught on camera verbally abusing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

In 2012, he was banned for two games after pushing an assistant referee in a game against Tottenham.

In 2006, then West Ham manager Pardew almost came to blows with Arsene Wenger in another unsavoury clash.

Pardew’s track record for touchline controversy reads like a criminal’s police record and with the FA hardly likely to pay any attention to Yates headbutt on Elam, they will almost certainly make an example of the disgraced Newcastle boss.