Pardew wants Christmas programme changed in order to keep FA Cup magic

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned the football authorities they need to alter the Christmas programme if the FA Cup is to retain its glamour.

His comments came after Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert voiced the opinion that clubs struggling for Premier League survival could do without the FA Cup.

I have got some opinions on this which I think most Premier League managers would share with me.

The devaluation of this competition is the scheduling of it, and they really need to look at that because this will be our fifth game in 15 days.

The FA Cup falls right on the back of the Christmas programme, and I think that is wrong.

I think the league need to look at that, or the FA or whoever is in charge of the scheduling, and move it because I don't think it's right.

– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

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