Alan Pardew has hailed a sports psychologist as his ‘mentor’ after helping the Crystal Palace manager to control his emotions.
Pardew has attracted negative headlines in the past for a series of touchline clashes, with his spat with Hull midfielder David Meyler earning the then-Newcastle boss a seven-game touchline ban.
The 54-year-old has also previously confronted Manuel Pellegrini and Arsene Wenger, as well as officials, but Pardew says he now knows how to control his temper thanks to the work of former England cricketer Jeremy Snape.
In an interview with November’s issue of Four Four Two, Pardew said: “He is a mentor to me. I bounce things off him.
“I have worked with sports psychologists before and I haven’t been too impressed, as they’ve lacked understanding of the role. But Jeremy, being an ex-cricketer, understands the pressure.
“He helps me to hit the buttons, bond the team and keep myself energised and focused on what I want to do. When my focus has slipped in the past, I get myself into incidents with referees and linesman. I am trying to channel the energy better.
“I still sense those same injustices, but I recognise it now and I know what to let go. I am passionate, but I know I have to switch off. I feel it happening, and I can sense ‘here it comes’, but I can deal with it now.”