The Usual Empty Words From Alan Pardew
Most of the media have taken Alan Pardew’s latest quotes and ran with stories claiming the Newcastle United manager is desperate to win a cup.
Pardew even giving a quirky hook to the story by mentioning how he’d be able to graze his cows on the Town Moor if he did deliver a trophy, by virtue of the fact that any manager who did win a Cup would no doubt be made a Freeman of the City of Newcastle, enabling him to take his livestock where only Freemen are allowed to go.
Alan Pardew has reaffirmed that the Cups aren’t a priority for Newcastle but that he and everybody else at St.James’ Park is desperate to win a trophy for the fans etc etc.
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We get this rubbish when every cup tie comes around. All the talk of putting out a strong team and then we see a weakened eleven which is always in danger of going out…and normally doesn’t disappoint in that respect.
It is a bit like saying you really hope to win the lottery and then not buying a ticket.
This time Pardew has harked back to the ‘disappointment’ of the FA Cup last season, when Newcastle were drawn at home against the worst team in the Premier League;
“One of biggest disappointments last year was Cardiff when we should have won in the FA Cup, that’s our last Cup game and so we need to get a win, so I will probably take the same twenty players (that were at Villa) to Gillingham….of course we want to win a cup, our fans want to win a cup.”
Just like in the League Cup last season, Alan Pardew/Mike Ashley left out Newcastle’s best and most creative/dangerous players in Cabaye and Remy for the visit of Cardiff.
A dismal performance was temporarily lifted by Cisse giving Newcastle the lead, only for two late goals to send United out, yet again.
While some would accept that leaving Cabaye and Remy out for the City League Cup clash in October was acceptable.
The fact that Newcastle had already accumulated a total of points to make them safe from relegation by the time that Cardiff cup-tie came around in January, surely meant Pardew had to put out his strongest possible team in that FA Cup match.
Many fans I’ve spoken to since, have said that the team selection that day was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Not playing Remy and Cabaye was the final evidence that Mike Ashley wants Newcastle out of the Cups at the earliest possible opportunity and Alan Pardew picks the team accordingly.
Numerous fans who paid good money to go and see that Cardiff match have vowed never again to hand money over for cup tickets until Ashley has gone.
I’m one of them.
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