Newcastle United coach Jason Tindall responds to Aston Villa snub and makes 'upset' claim

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Jason Tindall has responded to suggestions to gets under the skin of people outside of Newcastle United.

Newcastle United assistant manager Jason Tindall has vowed to keep being himself - even if he does get under the skin of opposing Premier League managers.

Tindall is often at the centre of touchline drama and the latest episode came on Tuesday night when Aston Villa boss Unai Emery appeared to snub him for a post-match handshake.

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Seconds after the full-time whistle Emery, who watched his side lose 3-1, walked over to shake Eddie Howe's hand before immediately turning away when Tindall approached.

Newcastle United assistant manager Jason Tindall. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Newcastle United assistant manager Jason Tindall. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Newcastle United assistant manager Jason Tindall. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) | Getty Images

It brought a wry smile from Tindall, who addressed the incident when stepping in for the unwell Howe at Friday's pre-Luton Town press conference.

"It’s not about me and the opposing manager or opposing coaching staff," said Tindall. "If someone doesn’t want to shake my hand at the end of the game then I’m not in control of that. I wouldn’t personally do that myself, win or lose.

"I think some people act a bit differently when they lose compared to when they win but that’s down to the individual but I certainly don’t go out to cause that problem to begin with. If they don’t like what they see then ‘no problem’, I’m not offended by it."

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Tindall added: "It's not deliberate and I can't do anything about it. I'm just me and I won't stop being me because of what people say or do. If anyone thinks that is going to stop me behaving in this way or stop me from my real self then it's not going to happen.

"I don't mean to get under opposing managers' skin or upset anyone, but all I'm interested in doing is helping Newcastle United win football matches and once kick-off there than that's my only motivation and goal to do everything in my power to help the team. If that upsets a few people along the way then so be it."

Tindall was the subject of much attention on social media last year when an X account, formerly known as Twitter, was set up and named ‘Jason Tindall desperate to be centre of attention'.

The account posted photos and videos of Tindall posing alongside Howe on the touchline, shaking opposing manager’s hands before Howe and being front and centre in post-match team photos. It has made him a cult hero among Newcastle fans.

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