Alan Shearer – It’s Poor And Disappointing

Newcastle have reiterated that their priority for the coming seasons will continue to be the Premier League, and they will not prioritize the two English Cup competitions – the FA Cup and League Cup – even though we haven’t won anything since way back 1969, and the last time we won a domestic competition was way way back in 1955, when we took Manchester City apart 3-1 at Wembley in the FA Cup Final.

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Alan Shearer – It’s poor and it’s disappointing 

Alan Shearer has been interviewed in  the Shields Gazette today, and not surprisingly he’s disappointed with that decision:

“Sunderland have been there and Gateshead are going there,”  “Hull are going there in the FA Cup. Wigan went in the FA Cup last season and won it.”

“It’s great to get there – though it’s horrible to get beaten – but at least it gives fans a bit of hope and something to cling on to. We haven’t had that for a few years now in cup competitions.”

“It’s been a disappointing season for more than one reason, as Newcastle also went out of the cup competitions.”  “When you look at the semi-finals of the FA Cup,  there was Sheffield United, Wigan and Hull.”

“You look at the final of the League Cup, there was Sunderland.”  “Newcastle got beat at home by Cardiff, which was a great draw, because they played a weakened team,”

“So it’s disappointing from that point of view as well. All-round, it’s been poor, but what can people do?”  “You can only look forward to next season, and you’ll only look forward to next season if reinforcements come in during the summer.”

The reason a lot of the lesser clubs have had success in the local cups in England over the last several years,  is that the bigger clubs are shunning the competition, as the Premier League takes precedence, because of the massive amounts of money being paid out to clubs.

Liverpool topped the list this season receiving over £99M,  and Newcastle got £78.8M, which was an increase of  £33.7M over last year when we received (only) £45.1M – so it’s a massive increase.

And that’s one reason some big money should be available in this summer’s transfer market, and we haven’t even mentioned the £20M available from the transfer of Yohan Cabaye to PSG.

Newcastle have done (very) badly in cup competitions over the last four years, and this season we managed to lose at home to  now relegated Cardiff City in the FA Cup, and in the previous seasons we have lost at Stevenage and twice at Brighton.

It’s not good. 🙁

What do you think?

Comments welcome, but please respect the alternate views and opinions of other readers.

20 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    NUFC – what is the point?

  • Average_Contents

    May 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Wait for it! Wait for it! He’s going to slag shearer off next! Cretin

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3


    I don’t follow your argument. You say blame the players for last year.

    The club are telling us they’re not interested in the cups. They told the players that last year.

    When NUFC are not interested in the FA CUP something is sadly wrong.

    Mikey is free to put out whatever substandard side he wants in the cups and I’m free to do something else on a Saturday. What will you be doing?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4


    PR mistake that fans are lapping up. The question and the answer was about the “worth” of a cup run! Wrong word to use and stupid for the club to answer it in a business and financial sense…

  • Average_Contents

    May 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Shearer’s out of touch blah the footballing world has changed blah blah it’s not worth it blah allocation of resources blah blah!

    Just admit they couldn’t give a fcuk about the fans, the club and our history! Fcuking disgrace they are!

  • croftus5678

    May 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    gos was probably the most usefull of our squad players if you dont count dummett i suppose but he shouldnt have been anywhere near our first team cos he is at a lower lvl.

    so lets see thats 3-0 to transfers out now remy/luuk/gos
    soon to be newton/shola/ober/marv/ferg !

    lets see if we can get into double figures and let 2 players leave for every 1 coming in >.<

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Blackley and Brownlie

    Bloody hell mate. How many times do I have to repeat myself?

    Since when does “the league is our priority” mean “we don’t want to win a cup”? If they really didn’t want to win, why didn’t they put out a youth team like West Ham did?

    You choose to misinterpret things as much as you like. I’ll go with reality.

    Just like every single other PL club, the league is the number one priority. We’re no different to any other club in that we rotate players for the club. In fact, we’re better than West Ham because their team looked like they had no intention to win and they got stuffed by Forest…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Sadly accurate
    How can you expect playing staff to put the effort in when the clubs board promote mediocracy and discourage competing at the highest level?

    It also makes you wonder when they put ridiculous statements like this out how it effects us in the market?
    We want to apparently attract eager young players and not pay cheque mercenaries so why put out such ridiculous PR statements?
    The other part of the minutes seem to gloss over the fact the club have confirmed they will stick to the publicised transfer policy, so all this talk of 5,6,7 players coming in seems highly unlikely!

  • Average_Contents

    May 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Is “it” serious?

    So now because the club took the original question out of context and answered financially it’s not a valid question? It’s actually a better response because it shows them for what the are on my opinion! A bunch of kunts! And by continually sticking up for them makes “IT” just ad much of one!

  • 70TWO

    May 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    TDS – as with the Europa games, all cup games are a chance to use the whole squad or give games to players who need bringing up to form, these are the practicalities for the manager. However, to say that cup runs are not cost effective or increases the potential for relegation is a facade, or a very thin excuse which betrays the under lying reasons why the squad is not competitive in all competitions.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    West Ham were deep in relegation trouble with an huge injury crisis when they put a youth team out….

    We were mid table, safe in the league, in a not overly busy fixture list and had no need to rotate against a club who had just appointed a new manager and were coming in to a game with lifted spirits
    We showed a huge disrespect to the competition by making changes to face another PL team in such a prestigious competition

  • MA is a Bat Fastard

    May 16, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Sad thing is if we get a home draw in the fa cup sjp will be full pathetic

  • Average_Contents

    May 16, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Because they researched how bad it was to compete or even win one! What does that say? We are not interested in a cup run! My god you are deluded!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    The fact that they smugly answered the question of whether we’d go for the cups if we were safe by saying
    Rule No 2: See rule No 1.
    Imo says they don’t want to win one, nothing to do with being relegated but their qualification into EL, the five players Mikey likes to keep us short will have to be bought if we were unlucky enough to qualify for Europe.

  • jimmysmith

    May 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    The club carried out its “own” research into the likelihood of relegation if they pursued a cup. Yes, I’m sure it was painstakingly thorough analysis. You don’t have to “Brains” Benton to figure out that small clubs with fewer resources often struggle in the league when they go deep on a cup run. However we are Newcastle Utd, 50 000 strong home support and cashed up like never before. If they want to focus on the league then justify it clearly and respectfully, but please give us more than that truly feeble bit of PR, really quite insulting.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Cardiff beat us with a weakened team. We still had a team of senior players. Only Haidara was under 22. Even in the cups Pardew doesn’t give young players a run-out.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    May 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    cant understand why the FA and the league don,t come down hard on casley and his yes men.surely telling a team not to win a game is no different than a jockey holding back a horse to stop it winning or a boxers manager telling to take a dive in the 5th.surely the fa should demand that every team tries to win every game it competes in.what about the fans paying to see a match they know the club don,t want to win before they get in the ground.

  • toonluvva

    May 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    I really would like to see the management at NUFC expand further on this bland statement that the domestic cup competitions are of no great importance.

    Does that mean, in simple terms, they will look at each draw as it comes out. For example, in the 3rd round NUFC are drawn at home to a lower league club so we feel confident of progressing to the next round by playing a slightly weakened squad. If instead we are drawn away to say Arsenal, Manure or Citeh we will play a stronger squad?

    If the answer is that irrespective of which round we have progressed to and whether we will be playing home or away and ignoring the strength of the opposition we will just run up a white flag, then I believe two things could / should happen.

    1. NUFC withdraw from all domestic cup competitions. Mr Ashley should be honest about it and say we are just not going to take part as he wants to protect the TV revenues that come with being a premiership club.


    2. The fans simply just don’t buy any cup tickets at all. I wouldn’t mind fans attending an away tie as it would highlight the fact we support the team and not the regime.

    Also, as a last thought, now that Mr Ashley has made these comments publicly, should the organisers of the cup competitions to just simply stop putting our name into the “hat” if we are not going to take it seriously.

  • musomag

    May 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    (N)ot (U)p (F)or (C)ups

  • toonaus

    May 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Very poor decision indeed considering that if Newcastle aren’t going to spend the money needed to get quality players to help strength their squad in the hopes of staying in PL and winning a title then this is the only silver wear they had a chance of winning .

    The only players were going to attract for the money we want to spend are those that have under performed like strikers who haven’t scored in a year or defender that have been out of the first team or discarded by the likes of Man U , Arsenal . Yes we will have the odd fluke buy where we do alright for a bit but in all honesty I doubt we’re going to be able to stay in the PL for much longer if the only priority is to save penny’s and advertise Sports direct.

    The only reason why the club wants to concentrate it’s efforts of barely staying in the PL is that if we drop out that means less people will see the advertising of SD.

    No Title contention = Barely surviving year after year, Boring football , no hope for fans , pointless being in the best league in the world and no point to playing matches because what are you truly playing for then ?


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