Pardew manager award deserved, says Cisse

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has hailed boss Alan Pardew, who was named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for November, Sky Sports has reported.

The Magpies were bottom of the table as the Premier League entered its second international break of the season in October, but two months later they now lie in seventh as the result of a run of six wins, a draw and a defeat in their last eight matches, while progress to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals has also been secured.

During that run, they have beaten fancied quartet Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and most recently Chelsea, whose unbeaten record this season was brought to an end by a brace from Cisse, who is the club’s top scorer this season with seven goals despite having mainly been used as a substitute.

Large sections of Newcastle supporters called for Pardew to leave in the early weeks of the season, but Cisse thinks the club’s decision to stick by him has paid great dividends. He said: “I say well done to him because it was very, very hard for him at the start of the season. It was not easy and he kept going, believing in himself and the team.

“Now he is the manager of the month and that is good for him. That will give him more confidence. I just tell him keep going and try to do something good for the team. The players believe him and he believes in his players. If something happens now in this team to win the game it is because of very hard work.”

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