Last night, details of Steve McClaren’s contract were revealed, with his initial three year contract automatically extended into an eight year one if he wins the FA Cup or League Cup, or Newcastle finish top eight in the Premier League.

Now Newcastle star Rob Elliot says the players will be legends if they win the FA Cup, or even go on a cup run…

Under Mike Ashley, an impressive run in the FA Cup means getting to the fourth round.

In his time at the club, Rob Elliot has a 100% record in the FA Cup, featuring in the third round defeats against both Brighton in 2013 and Cardiff in 2014.

Both matches saw Elliot as one of the significant changes in Alan Pardew putting out a weakened team as usual in the cups, though ironically Rob Elliot could himself now be left out on Saturday to make sure he is ok to face Manchester United in the Premier League.

The current number one keeper says he doesn’t know yet if he will play but is desperate to do so.

We are now waiting to see just what difference there is from Alan Pardew, when Steve McClaren names his team against Watford – he made five changes when Newcastle fell to Sheffield Wednesday reserves (they made 10 changes) in the League Cup.

With Manchester Utd only three days after this cup-tie, then Everton away on the Wednesday following the fourth round weekend, it will be interesting to see how Steve McClaren (Mike Ashley?) approaches this weekend’s ‘legends’ match.

Rob Elliot:

“The FA Cup is the biggest competition outside the Premier League, to go on a cup run or win the FA Cup makes you a legend at this place.

“We have to give everything to win the Watford game, it also breeds confidence to take into the league if we win – I think that it’s a brilliant game for us and we should attack it.

“It will kickstart the new year even more and if we take the confidence and attitude forward from Arsenal, then hopefully that can only be a good thing for the club.”

“I don’t know the team. the manager has to make that decision – obviously I want to play in every game. To play in the FA Cup or the Premier League makes no difference, I just want to play games for Newcastle really.

“It’s a massive one and more intense because it’s one-off, it is a tough game and we can’t think it’ll be easy to get on a cup run.

“To go to Watford away is probably one of the toughest draws you could ask for but it’s a good test for us and hopefully, if we get a result we’ll get confidence from it.”