Grimsby Town boss Russell Slade says football clubs should show the FA Cup more appreciation, ahead of his side’s first round tie with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday (3pm).
The Mariners face Derek Adams’s Sky Bet League One outfit at Home Park on the weekend, and Slade has called for more teams to respect the oldest association football competition in the world.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It’s a wonderful competition around the world and it’s still important, and we should still attach a real importance to it.
“I like the FA Cup. I’m still in love with the FA Cup and the romance of it. A good run can bring momentum and a real confidence to your team at times.
“The magic has probably diminished if I’m honest. The Premier League sides don’t come in until a bit later and when they do come in, they don’t always put out their strongest of teams.
“And that glamour of almost everybody in the country sitting around the TV watching the cup final at 3pm has diminished to a large extent, which is a pity.
“It can bring momentum, it can bring much-needed finance, and it can bring opportunities for individuals to show what they can do.
“And there’s nothing better than that for a footballer to go a club a couple of leagues higher and get a result or get a goal. It’s a wonderful competition for everybody.”
Slade guided Leyton Orient to a fifth-round replay with Arsenal in the FA Cup in 2011, and he’s hoping for a cup run with Town as they prepare for their clash with the Pilgrims, who are unbeaten in four in League One.
“You can’t get them every year (cup runs), it doesn’t work like that in the FA Cup but almost when it’s your time, it’s great to embrace it and enjoy it. It can be very helpful.
“On the road, we’ve had a threat in that final third. Let’s make sure that when we get our opportunities we do take our chances.
“We want to do well, it’s the FA Cup, so there may not be too many changes – there might be a few but we’ll wait and see how a couple of our boys come through, and then we’ll be ready to go,” he said.
Town fell to a 1-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium in the first round of the FA Cup last year.