Alan Shearer not happy with Newcastle United’s attitude towards cup competitions

Alan Shearer has his say on Newcastle United’s current situation.

Alan Shearer is not impressed with Newcastle United’s lack of ambition.

Ex-England international striker Shearer told BBC Sport about his former club: "Newcastle's record in the cup is disastrous because they don't want to be in it.

“League status is their main priority which is unbelievably disappointing. What they've done in the last few years in this competition (FA Cup) is leave their best players out, which tells its own story - about where Newcastle United is as a football club at this moment in time.”

Shearer’s comments came in the aftermath of Newcastle losing to Leicester City away from home in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Caretaker-manager John Carver made a number of changes to the team for the third-round tie at the King Power Stadium, and the result was a poor performance and a 1-0 defeat.

Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in England, but their failure to compete for trophies does show a certain lack of ambition.

However, the fact that the Magpies are currently safely in mid-table in the Premier League needs to be acknowledged, too.

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