Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Vill-Ify Lambert for His Opinion, Says Pardew; United Boss May Disagree, but Still Backs Counterpart in FA Cup Debate

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Vill-Ify Lambert for His Opinion, Says Pardew; United Boss May Disagree, but Still Backs Counterpart in FA Cup Debate

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com

ALAN PARDEW says that he has sympathy for Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. The former Borussia Dortmund and Celtic star indicated that some clubs in the Premier League could do without the FA Cup.

Both Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez - who have both won the FA Cup at Chelsea and Wigan respectably - disagree with Lambert's comments. But Pardew said he can understand why clubs fighting against relegation find balancing the FA Cup and the Premier League a tough act.

Pardew said: "It's not fair on Premier League managers and I sympathise with Paul (Lambert) and with a lot of the teams down the bottom of the league where they are going to be looking at their survival.

"That is financially massive. For us fortunately we have got ourselves in a good position.

"And we can attack the game, which we will.

"We are going to use some fresh players because of the nature of where it's at. "That needs to be looked at in my opinion if they want the FA Cup to go back to its former glories."

Lambert had been asked if clubs could do without the Cup and replied: "If they were being honest, they probably would do.

"If you can get through, then absolutely I want to get through, I don't want to not get through, but your main one is the league.

"That is the nature of it. If anyone says any differently, then I am not so sure they will be telling the truth because the Premier League is the most vital thing that anyone wants to get into and we are no different."

But other bosses have not supported Lambert's controversial views.

Pardew said: "Paul has a right to express his opinion and a right to think differently to me.

"For teams without European competition, playing 38 games a season, I don't see a reason for those clubs to not try to win matches. …

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