Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley have both said that Newcastle United are fully committed to the cup competitions this season and moving forward (see below).
The NUFC Head Coach pledging to play his strongest possible team in the League Cup and FA Cup.
A commitment to changing a shocking 12 years and counting under Mike Ashley, with no ambition shown.
An hour before kick-off on Wednesday night, the Newcastle team v Leicester has been confirmed.
The Newcastle team v Leicester:
Darlow, Krafth, Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems, Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Hayden, Ritchie, Muto
Seven changes in total, as Steve Bruce makes wholesale alterations to the team that started against Tottenham on Sunday.
Only four players survive – Krafth, Schar, Hayden and Ritchie. However, four who started against Tottenham are on the bench.
Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Dummett, Ki, Sean Longstaff, Atsu
Missing altogether are Newcastle’s main three attacking threats, as Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin aren’t named in the team or on the bench.
As for Leicester, their starting eleven tonight are:
Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Morgan, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Tielemans, Choudhury, Barnes, Perez, Vardy, Maddison
Brendan Rodgers only makes TWO changes from his Premier League team at the weekend who beat Sheffield United.
Those two changes being club captain Wes Morgan replacing Evans and the exciting Harvey Barnes coming in for Praet.
Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley going all out for the cups?
Mike Ashley PR statement on The Mail -26 July 2019:
‘I expected the negative reaction to Rafa leaving, I thought it would be very bad. But I was shocked by the reaction to Steve. He doesn’t deserve it. He’s one of their own. I don’t think the fans quite realise what they’ve got because I’m hoping he’s the one.
‘There’s been some hurtful stuff, that he was our 11th choice. Actually, we had a short-list of three and Steve was one of them. His only worry was how soon he could start. I’m not a football expert, I don’t get involved, I’ve got a car but I’m not the driver.
And now I’ve got a manager saying, “Let me get on with it. Just let me get on with it – I won’t let you down”. I’m thinking, “I’m definitely having that”. He gets it.
He comes in: “The cups? Yeah, we go for them”.
‘Certain things I haven’t got right. I used to think our Premier League finish was more important. But where can we realistically go with this top six? The cups are the best of it. And it’s great to have a conversation with someone who is so passionate for Newcastle United. I know I’m an eternal optimist but with what we’ve got now at the football club, something might be possible.
‘And you can’t believe how that would make me feel.
Steve Bruce in July after getting the Newcastle job:
“I’ve put my neck on the line immediately (saying he won’t prioritise Premier League over the cups)!
“I’m not really bothered what’s been done before. I can understand the philosophy of it but my perception of it all changed at Hull.
“We were 2-0 up in the (2014) FA Cup final against Arsenal.
“We nearly won it.
“My perception of it changed too. Hull supporters had the best day out in their lives.
“That’s got to be a route and that’s what we’ll try and do.
“I realised it at Hull.
“We got to the FA Cup final and if you ask the supporters what their biggest day was, getting into the Premier League or getting to the FA Cup final and they’d say the final.
“Surely as a club we can win five games?
Can we win a cup tie, can we do well in the League Cup or the FA Cup?
“That’s got to be an aim. It’s not just about staying in the division and being happy with that – that would be wrong.”