Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SHEARER: UNITED DON'T WANT TO BE IN FA CUP; Magpies Do Not Want to Play in the FA Cup, Claims Big Al

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SHEARER: UNITED DON'T WANT TO BE IN FA CUP; Magpies Do Not Want to Play in the FA Cup, Claims Big Al

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Byline: Neil Cameron Sports writer @NeilCameron5

ALAN SHEARER believes Newcastle United do SHEARER believes Newcastle United do not want to be in the FA Cup. not want to be in the FA Cup.

The United legend also hinted pressure was put on John Carver to field a weakened side against Leicester City.

The club's greatest goalscorer has been a long-The club's greatest goalscorer has been a longtime critic of Mike Ashley (below) and the club's time critic of Mike Ashley (below) and the club's policy of placing the Premier League high above either domestic cup competition in terms of priority.

Shearer did not attempt to hide his disgust Shearer did not attempt to hide his disgust regarding his team's latest early FA Cup exit but he sadly admitted to not being in the least bit surprised at the manner of the defeat at LeicesSurprised at the manner of the defeat at Leicester.

Shearer said: "It has been like that for a "Shearer said: "It has been like that for a "Number of years, hasn't it? number of years, hasn't it? "Newcastle United's record in the com"Newcastle United's record in the competition over recent years has been petition over recent years has been disastrous because the simple fact of the matter is they do not really want to be in it.

"Premier League status is for them the main priority.

"The club have come out and Turn to Page 70 FROM BACK PAGE said that and that is unbelievably disappointing, especially for the 4,000 fans who went to Leicester expecting to see a strong team and expecting their team to win. …

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