Time for a change: Moyes admits the FA Cup is starting to lose its appeal
His expression was weary and his words were resigned but, as David Moyes spoke, there was a sense he was expressing a widely held view.
‘Unfortunately I would probably have to say yes,’ said Everton’s manager. ‘The FA Cup is maybe losing a bit of its shine.’
As a proud football man who devotes all his energy into every game in which he is involved, Moyes would have taken no satisfaction from delivering such a verdict, particularly after being part of a day that epitomised what The FA Cup is about.
In need of a makeover: David Moyes believes the FA Cup is losing some of its magic
This is the only competition that gives little clubs like Tamworth, from the Blue Square Bet Premier Division, the chance to knockout the cream of the Barclays Premier League, to create history and visit the stadiums that would normally be out of reach.
Moyes, who took Everton to the final in 2009, is very much a traditionalist but he recognises that with everything going in modern day football, the FA Cup is in danger of being perceived as more clutter in a crowded calendar.
‘At the moment the Premier League is so vital,’ said Moyes. ‘The money that is involved in staying in the Premier League and finishing in a good position far outweighs the need for a good cup run in so many clubs’ cases.
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‘I wouldn’t give a Champions’ League place (to the winners). That’s probably too much. But I don’t know how else you do it. Maybe we need to slip the third round in (to the calendar) a little bit earlier.’
Goals from John Heitinga and Leighton Baines were just enough to end Tamworth’s plucky resistance but their manager, Marcus Law, had an idea on how to freshen up the old pot.
‘It’s a fantastic competition,’ said Law, whose side were still in the game until Baines’ 80th minute penalty. ‘I personally would like the big clubs in earlier.
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‘There is no other day like FA Cup day. Everyone gets excited about the FA Cup Final, meeting your friends in the boozer. But for me, I am used to playing and managing in the FA Cup from the second week in August! There is no competition in the world like it.’