Magpies boss dismisses rift reports as "wildfire"

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has denied there is a rift among the players at the club.

Recent reports suggested there was disharmony in the dressing room after last weekend's 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool. Earlier this week striker Papiss Cisse and midfielder Cheick Tiote both denied there was any unrest, and Pardew has echoed that sentiment by saying the reports are "wildfire" and "completely unfounded".

Speaking ahead of this weekend's trip to West Ham, he said:

"At lot of criticism has come our way this week. Some of it completely unfounded and left-field as you'd expect when you get a result like that.

"As far as I'm concerned the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result. The fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulty has been torn-up and made to be something else. There is no problem, and we go to the next game.

"Some of the wildfire that we've had has just been way off the mark. We put a poor performance in on Saturday and we need to put that right. That's the most important thing."

– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager