Even having club soccer's richest owners cannot improve Newcastle's pitiful record in the FA Cup.
Newcastle were humbled by a lower-league opponent in the third round of the famous old competition for the second straight year under its Saudi owners, losing at third-tier Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Saturday.
At the same stage last year they were beaten at home by another third-tier club, Cambridge United.
Two other EPL teams - Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth - were also knocked out by lower-league opposition, in Blackpool and Burnley respectively, but neither represented a major shock given they fielded weakened lineups with top-flight survival their priority.
Newcastle's elimination was a big surprise, with Josh Windass scoring for Wednesday in the 52nd and 65th minutes before Bruno Guimaraes pulled one back in the 69th.
"It's one of the proudest moments in my managerial career," Wednesday manager Darren Moore told the BBC.
"I'm really pleased for everybody at the club and I'm delighted for the players. We were up against a really good team and put in an excellent performance."
Newcastle have advanced beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup only once since 2006.
Cody Gakpo made his debut for Liverpool in the defending champions' 2-2 draw with Wolves.
The Netherlands forward, who joined from PSV Eindhoven last week, played 84 minutes before being substituted, having provided the pass from which Mo Salah scored to make it 2-1.
Hwang Hee-chan equalised in the 66th and Wolves had what the team thought was a late winner by Toti ruled out for a narrow offside in the build-up.
Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez cancelled out the opener by Goncalo Guedes, which came after a mistake by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
There will be at least one non-league side in the fourth round - Wrexham, the fifth-tier team owned by Hollywood pair Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, won at second-tier Coventry 4-3.
"I'm completely and totally speechless," Reynolds tweeted to his 21 million followers.
"What a club. What a town. What a win."
Alexis Mac Allister and Harry Kane returned to English football after the World Cup in very different states of mind - one as a champion, the other distraught after a costly missed penalty.
They have both slipped back into action seamlessly.
Mac Allister, who starred in Argentina's run to the title in Qatar, was a halftime replacement for Brighton after his extended break back home and scored twice in the team's 5-1 win over second-tier Middlesbrough.
Kane, the England striker who missed a late spot-kick in the loss to France in the World Cup quarter-finals, has settled into a strong run of scoring form for Tottenham.
His fourth goal in four games came in Spurs' 1-0 win over third-tier Portsmouth.
Southampton ousted fellow Premier League team Crystal Palace 2-1, while Kelechi Iheanacho scored for 2021 champions Leicester in their 1-0 win at fourth-tier Gillingham.
Fulham won at second-tier Hull 2-0, while Said Benrahma scored as West Ham triumphed 1-0 at his former club Brentford.