It’s not that we didn’t have proof before Alan Pardew left the club, that there was some pressure put n the Newcastle coach to field weakened sides in the FA and League Cup games.
Lee Charnley – Newcastle Managing Director
But since Alan Pardew has left for Crystal Palace some undeniable proof has been seen as Alan has fielded strong Palace sides in the FA Cup, and they got to the 5th round before they were beaten 2-1 at home by Liverpool yesterday.
Add to that the fact that John Carver, our interim head coach, said he would field the strongest side possible in the 3rd round at Leicester City and that the cups were very important to both him and the fans.
And what happened?
John ended up making seven changes from the side that had drawn 3-3 against Burney two days before, and that side was probably the weakest side Newcastle has filed over the last five years – at least.
Suddenly Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko and Fabricio Coloccini were not available (seemingly at the last moment), because of injury, but they were magically fit again for our next league game at Chelsea the following Saturday.
And in case the two days since the last game made John change the side, notice that he only made a couple of changes to the side that drew at Palace last Wednesday night, after we had drawn 1-1 at home to Stoke the previous Sunday, and one was a forced change since Sammy Ameobi had picked up a knock in that game.
John lost some credibility with Newcastle fans for doing that, but in reality there was probably pressure put on him after he had made those positive statements about how important cup competitions were to the Newcastle club.
They are not.
It’s not unusual for top clubs to give some of their squad players a game in the cup competitions – but Newcastle are no longer a top club, and we don’t have the strength in depth to win games against good opposition when we field weakened sides.
And what that means is we never have long cup runs, and while I hate to rub this in – we have fallen at the 3rd round stage of the FA Cup four times over the last five years, and in three of those we have lost to a lower league club.
On thing is that it ‘s very clear there is pressure being put on the coach to field weakened sides in the cup competitions – so it wasn’t all Alan Pardew’s fault after all.
So what does this mean?
One result is that it will extend the time before we win our next trophy – which is currently stands at a staggering 46 years.
Our best and only chance of winning a trophy is in the cup competitions, since we have absolutely no chance of ever winning the Premier League, unless we get a budding new Jose Mourinho into the club in the summer and win the Premier League before snatched up by a top club.
We suppose there a slight chance of that happening – like a million to one – but a chance nevertheless. 😀
So we seem to have no chance of winning a trophy for a long, long time, and certainly not in my lifetime.
Well, as long as Mike Ashley is the Newcastle owner – that’s probably the more accurate way of putting it.
What do you think?
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