NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer has blasted the club’s apparent apathy towards cup competitions.
Shearer, the club’s record goalscorer, has described Newcastle’s recent record in the cups as “disastrous”.
United were beaten 1-0 in the FA Cup at Leicester on Saturday, and have repeatedly stated in fan forums that the league is their priority.
That is an attitude which frustrates Shearer, who played in two FA Cup finals for the club as a player.
He told BBC 5 Live: “It has been like that for a number of years. Newcastle’s record in the (FA Cup) over recent years has been disastrous, because the fact is they don’t really want to be in it.
“League status for them is their main priority and the club have come out and said that, which is unbelievably disappointing, considering you get over 4,000 fans travelling down to Leicester, expecting to see a strong team and expecting to see their team win.
“What (Newcastle) have done in recent years in this competition is constantly leave their best players out, which tells its own story.
“That’s what Newcastle is as a football club at this moment in time.”
Shearer also suspects John Carver may have been told to name a weakened side at Leicester.
He added: “I’m the same as everyone else – as the fans that were there at Leicester, as the fans that are there every single week at St James’s Park, and probably the same as John Carver felt on Saturday.
“It did interest me to hear his press conference on Friday saying he would put his strongest team out, and then on Saturday he made seven changes, so something happened in between Friday afternoon and Friday evening for him to change.”