Alan Pardew and Mauricio Pochettino are both upset at the scheduling of a potential FA Cup replay between Crystal Palace and Tottenham if Sunday’s clash ends as a draw.
Although it has not yet been confirmed, the potential replay would likely take place on Tuesday 8th March, just two days after Palace play Liverpool and just two days before Spurs play in the Europa League, if they manage to get through to the last 16 of the competition.
As reported by Talksport, Pardew says that he wouldn’t be a fan of the proposal to scrap FA Cup replays but admitted that the FA and Premier League need to work together to come up with a better solution than what is currently on the table.
I’d hate to see (replays) go, although the scheduling of them looks poor, for whatever reason that is. Between the FA and the Premier League, they need to sit down. We are talking about the replay date for this game, and wow, it looks complicated to me. It’s definitely complicated for Spurs. So both managers would prefer it to get this job done on Sunday. The game is not like that. The replay is in the rules, we’re going to have to deal with that when it turns up. Perhaps a little bit of foresight should have been there at the start of this season on the scheduling with some of these replays.
Pardew said that both he and Pochettino would not be happy with a game on March 8th and said that playing games with just one rest day in between is putting players at risk of injury.
I don’t think it has been confirmed yet. There are discussions going on. The scenario looks like a two-day break for us and Spurs. Of course, myself and the Spurs manager don’t think that’s ideal. We are putting our players at risk. That is not enough recovery time given the amount of effort and capacity we have to play at in the current game.