Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits teams have to be pushing for the Champions League if they are to retain their best players
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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has vowed to come back stronger and better for the tide of criticism which has threatened to engulf him.
– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
I have to, otherwise it kills you. That criticism, you can't wash it away and ignore it.
I can't do that. I have to face the criticism that has come my way - the fans are not happy - and try to deliver a product that will make them happy.
The most important thing is that you have a responsibility at Newcastle to play the game on the floor, play with passion and speed and play with an integrity.
Those principles, I stand by and next year, I expect to deliver on those.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is facing several months on the sidelines following an operation on a fractured kneecap.
The Senegalese frontman sustained the injury during Newcastle's 2-1 home defeat by Swansea last month, ending his season, and the 28-year-old travelled to Paris for surgery on Thursday.
A statement on the club's official website said: "He is expected to be sidelined for a number of months."
Stoke and Newcastle have two players each in WhoScored's latest Premier League team of the week, which is rather unusual.