JOHN Carver says Newcastle United must rip up its disastrous and unpopular cup policy – on the 60th anniversary of the club’s last domestic triumph.
The anniversary of the relegation-threatened club’s 1955 FA Cup triumph passed this week.
Listen, we’ve got to have the ambition – and you might think this is strange coming from me – but we’ve got to have the ambition to win something.John Carver
Strikes from Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah saw Newcastle beat Manchester City 3-1 and lift the famous trophy at Wembley for the third time in four years.
But United, however, have not won a major domestic cup since that day.
And Newcastle – who take on West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park this afternoon – have NEVER been to the new Wembley.
Fans have been told by the club’s hierarchy that the Premier League is the “priority” – and that cups are a chance for young players to gain experience, and club officials even commissioned “independent research” to justify the deeply unpopular policy.
They suggested that cups runs put the club’s top-flight status in jeopardy.
Newcastle bowed out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage in January – but prioritising the league has NOT helped it this term. The policy, arguably, has proved counter-productive.
A chronic lack of ambition from United’s hierarchy – and years of under-investment in the squad – have seemingly sucked the life out of the club and its long-suffering fanbase and left Newcastle on the brink of relegation.
And head coach Carver – whose side after two points above the relegation zone after eight successive league defeats – feels there must be an ambition within the four walls of St James’s Park club to win a trophy.
Asked about the 60-year anniversary, Carver said: “I’d like to think another one will come sooner rather than later.
“Listen, we’ve got to have the ambition – and you might think this is strange coming from me – but we’ve got to have the ambition to win something. In anything you do, you have to want to win it, no matter what it is.
“We have to have the ambition to go and win something. Can we win the Premier League?
“I’ll always think we can, but I’m not so sure. We can win the League Cup or the FA Cup.”