Cisse: Pardew protests not good for Newcastle

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse believes the supporters’ opposition to manager Alan Pardew is hurting the team, ESPN has reported.

Cisse scored twice as the Magpies drew 2-2 with Swansea City at the weekend with Pardew greeted by calls for his sacking. Newcastle have yet to win a game in the Premier League this season, picking up four points in seven games. Cisse meanwhile has four goals in three appearances, out of Newcastle’s total of seven goals scored.

“I know this moment is not easy for him,” Cisse said of Pardew’s unpopularity among Newcastle fans. “The team don’t think about that one [the protests] because the players just play. It is for the gaffer, but it’s not good for the team. It’s not easy for the players because it is the player playing the game.

“The Premier League is not easy, it is very, very hard. But we just have to keep going because it’s not finished yet and it can come good for us,” he continued. “I know this is not three points, but one point in Swansea is not bad and we will work hard to get up the table.”

Cisse has been at Newcastle since a January 2012 move from Freiburg, scoring 34 goals in 91 games.

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