Coppell: "Newcastle's 5-1 Defeat A Rehearsal"

Last updated : 26 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

Coppell has described FA Cup opponents Birmingham as a Premiership club in all but name.

Keane couldn't resist a dig at TV pundit Alan Shearer when the GOALden Boy said Newcastle were "shocking" in their 5-1 defeat to Brum. The pair have a past history and Keane ribbed Shearer for "taking the easy option" of sitting in a TV studio rather than taking the Newcastle manager's job when it was offered to him. Keane said Birmingham were "a better team on the day".

Coppell is another who says the Blues beat Newcastle "in astonishing style" with their performance at St James' Park.

Coppell: "If you look at the season they had last year injuries determined their season. If they had had all their personnel available they would still be a Premiership club.

"I would see them as a Premiership club even though, at the moment, they are outside it. And given their position in the league, they are rehearsing for the Premiership now.

"Just look at the way they turned over Newcastle. They have spent significant amounts of money because they want to play in the top flight and they have invested to do that."
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