Almost As Though Newcastle Want Us To Forget There Is Even A Cup Match…
I know getting excited about any cup match is now frowned upon by the Newcastle United hierarchy but with Wednesday’s League Cup match at Selhurst Park, they appear to have taken this to a whole new level.
Not only will this Cup match not be a ‘priority’ for the club as usual, they appear to be quite keen to make sure as little is mentioned about the match as possible.
Yesterday it emerged that United weren’t even bothering with having the usual pre-match press conference with Alan Pardew, nor were players being made available for the usual pre-match press interviews which was the last saving grace for the majority of the media that doesn’t have a ‘special’ relationship with the media.
On top of this there are no interviews so far, written or spoken, even on the official Newcastle United website in advance of the Palace match which is now just over 24 hours away.
(To feature like John, send in your articles for our website to [email protected])
In fact the only articles posted on the club website in relation to the game are the ones telling you who the referee is and the news broadcast by Radio Newcastle earlier today, stating that [intlink id=”47826″ type=”post”]Krul, Cisse and Gouffran[/intlink] were all suffering from a mystery sickness bug.
A friend has also just mentioned that apparently the matchday programme for Hull on Saturday also gave the Palace tie a wide berth, with no ‘how to get there’ feature and the match not even included in the list of upcoming fixtures!
Maybe it is a new psychological approach from the club, a bit like when you take your driving test – the fewer people you tell equals that much less pressure.
With Alan Pardew stating after the Hull match just how tough it has been for the new players to take the strain, maybe this ‘careless talk costs points/cups’ could be the way to go…
Or just maybe they would like us to slip out of the cup with a minimum of fuss so we can all concentrate on getting relegated!
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]