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.
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. 🙁
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