Ahead of the match with Cardiff, Alan Pardew has talked about how some fans have accused the club of not wanting to win the FA Cup.
The Newcastle manager went on to say that the media then feed off that and add to the pressure at the club.
Pardew also believes that some drastic action needs to be taken with the festive fixtures which he believes are the biggest factor in the devaluing of the FA Cup, rather than anything the managers or players say or do.
This is what the United boss said at his press conference featured on the club’s official TV channel;
“Our fans accuse us of now wanting to win it and the media get on the back of it and they have this week, it is difficult for us.
“We are in a no win situation at times in terms of the selection of the team. Unless you win the game and then you have got it spot on!
“Sir Alex Ferguson could make nine changes but if they won the game he was right.
“I have got some opinions that I think most Premier League managers would share with me, in that the devaluing of the Cup is the scheduling of it. They really need to look at that because this will be our fifth match in fifteen days.
“It should be moved, I don’t think it is fair and I sympathise with a lot of the teams at the bottom as they are looking at their survival which is financially massive.
“For us fortunately we’ve got ourselves in a good position and we can attack the game, which we will.
“Though we are going to use some fresh players because of the nature of where it is at and as I say, that needs to be looked at – if they want the FA Cup back to its former glories.
“I think we need to take out that game on the 28th December, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are fine but lose that one.”
As always the proof is in the action not words and in recent years we’ve seen some shocking FA Cup departures, none of them worse than last year’s appalling shambles that was served up for the hardcore who’d travelled all the way to the south coast.
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