Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has repeated the Ashley Doctrine – which is to say that the Premier League is the only important competition for the club, and therefore the FA Cup and the League Cup are not.
Mike Ashley’s Doctrine not good
With his strategy Newcastle will have very little chance of winning a trophy anytime soon, since Pardew will continue to field weak sides in the local cup competitions and we’ll be beaten – maybe to lower league clubs like has happened a few times in Ashley’s reign.
Pardew will field a weakened side tonight at Gillingham in the Capital One Cup – and we just hope we can get through.
Alan Pardew also thinks that’s the strategy at other Premier League clubs:
“Perhaps we at board level say what other boards don’t say – that the Premier League is the be all and end all because of the TV money.”
“Of course, we want to win a cup, and of course our fans.” “You can’t hide from that, and we have not hidden from it.”
“We have actually said it, perhaps to our detriment. We have said it and that is our priority.”
That’s also decent cover for Pardew for tonight, since he will field a weakened side.
Big clubs do that – but it’s not always true with the lesser clubs in the Premier League and we are now a lesser club in England’s top league with no ambition to win anything.
We have finished in the top 10 only three times over the last 10 years.
We have no chance at all of ever winning the Premier League while Ashley is the Newcastle owner, with his strategy (or doctrine) being to field weakened sides in the cup competitions, and only play our best sides for the English league games.
That’s akin to having a strategy that ensures you never win anything.
That’s a very sad state of affairs.
Sad but true.
Note: Kieron Hubbuck will be participating in the Great North Run this year for the MNDA, the Motor Neurone Disease Association or ALS – which is an incurable disease. Kieron’s Aunt was diagnosed with MNDA some months back, and that’s one reason Kieran is attempting to raise funds.
You can contribute to MNDA on Kieron’s Just Giving page. Thanks.
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