Newcastle United assistant manager Jason Tindall is an angry man, and that was evident once again on Sunday.
During the dying embers of Newcastle vs Wolves, Tindall was seen getting involved in a verbal altercation with the opposing dugout.
It is a common theme inside Premier League stadiums. Eddie Howe stands there, observes the game and barks orders at his team, while Tindall picks a fight with anyone who fancies it.
Pretty much every week, Tindall is involved in an incident on the touchline – and Sunday was no different.
With Howe’s side leading 2-1 and closing in on victory, fans in the stands could see Tindall getting very heated with a member of the Wolves coaching staff. It was enthralling to watch from high up in Level Seven, but it was completely unclear what it was all about.
Jason Tindall was not happy with Wolves complaint
According to the Chronicle, the Wolves bench were not happy with how long Newcastle were taking to get the ball back in play from a free-kick late in the game. That angered Tindall, who took aim at Julen Lopetegui’s staff for their own ‘time-wasting’ when the score was level at 1-1.
The report adds that Newcastle staff had to intervene to pull Tindall away from the incident.
It happens most weeks, but you can see why Tindall was annoyed. Wolves had been doing their best to play for time when it looked like they might steal a point. So for them to kick off when Newcastle slow the game down is somewhat hypocritical.
But it is a narrative that has been spun ever since the controversial 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield back in August 2022. We have been branded as timewasters or anti-football ever since, which is extremely harsh.
Howe’s side are guilty of gamesmanship, but so is every team in the Premier League. That is undeniable. Yet we are the ones who are criticised for it.
It happened in the Carabao Cup final, with Manchester United playing for time and slowing the game down as much as possible as they looked to ensure the trophy was theirs. And this came after Erik ten Hag had branded Howe’s side as ‘annoying’ for alleged time-wasting.
It is a narrative that is not going away anytime soon, and Tindall was absolutely right to defend his team on Sunday. Then again, I’m not going to disagree with the madman – he would start an argument with his own shadow if he could!