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Alan Pardew wants Newcastle fans to be patient with Papiss Demba Cisse

Pardew pleads with Newcastle fans to be patient with Cisse

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has urged the club's fans to be patient as new signing Papiss Demba Cisse attempts to handle the pressure of filling the club's famous No 9 shirt.

The 26-year-old Senegal international completed a sensational transfer to the Magpies from German club Freiburg on a whistlestop visit to Tyneside from his country's African Nations Cup training camp.

He will have to wait until next month at the earliest to make his debut, and will then face the task of following in the footsteps of the likes of Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald, Alan Shearer and most recently, Andy Carroll.

Getting his man: Alan Pardew was delighted to sign Papiss Demba Cisse

Getting his man: Alan Pardew was delighted to sign Papiss Demba Cisse

Pardew is confident he will cope, but knows he will need time to settle into his new role.

He said: 'He's not young, he's a good age. He is in the prime of his career. He has been under pressure in is career, so he understands it.

'He is going to be surprised at the pressure that comes with this, but I think he will attack it in an honest way. He's an honest footballer and I think our fans appreciate that.

'I hope they have a little bit of patience at the start because he is going to find it difficult to get in the team, let alone be worthy of the jersey, so I hope our fans are patient with him and give him every opportunity.'

No 9s of the past: Alan Shearer

No 9s: Andy Carroll

Past No 9s: Alan Shearer and more recently Andy Carroll have worn the shirt

Cisse will at least be able to gain a little insight into life at Newcastle during the tournament with international team-mate Demba Ba having assumed the mantle of goalscoring hero with little difficulty during his first six months or so with the club.

Ba's 15 goals to date have helped to ease the Magpies into sixth place in the Barclays Premier League, and led Pardew to admit recently that had he known just how soon he would hit top form, he would have handed him the number nine shirt when he signed him during the summer.

In the event, it is Cisse who has been given that honour, although his new manager admits the player might not yet understand just what that means.

He said: 'I have tried to explain that to the player, but I don't think he is going to understand it until he arrives.'

Making his mark: Cisse's international team-mate Demba Ba has been a big hit on Tyneside

Making his mark: Cisse's international team-mate Demba Ba has been a big hit on Tyneside

However, Cisse himself insists he is well aware of the history of the shirt he has inherited, and is relishing the chance to prove himself worthy of it.

He said: 'Yes, number nine. I talked a lot about that with the manager and he made sure I knew that the number nine is a number that is not a big number, it is a legendary number for this team.

'I promise that I will do what is required of me wearing this number.

'What I want to do is show I am worth the money to make people confident in me. They have brought me here and I don't want to disappoint them.

'I want to do my best to show them they were right to have confidence in me, and I want to pay them back.'

Ba, of course, has been linked with a move away from Tyneside this month after it emerged that there is a release clause in his contract.

However, Pardew is expecting the pair to play in tandem, although he has warned them not to expect to walk straight into the team on their return from Africa with Leon Best and Hatem Ben Arfa in particular having already risen to the challenge.

He said: 'Who's to say when they come back, they haven't got themselves a battle

'That's what great football clubs do. You have got to create that competition.'

Bruno Senna secures Williams drive for 2012 Formula One season

18 years after Senna's death, legend's nephew Bruno earns emotional Williams drive

Bruno Senna will follow in the footsteps of his late uncle and triple world champion Ayrton and race for Williams this season.

Williams, who have carried Senna's name on all their cars ever since that fateful May afternoon at Imola when the Brazilian died in one of the Formula One team's cars at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, revealed the 28-year-old will partner Pastor Maldonado during the 2012 season.

Senna, who made his F1 debut with the struggling HRT team in 2010 and competed in the last eight races for Renault last year as a stand-in, will start testing with Williams at Spain's Jerez circuit on February 9.

In the driving seat: Bruno Senna has secured an emotional drive with Williams for 2012

In the driving seat: Bruno Senna has secured an emotional drive with Williams for 2012

He replaces 39-year-old compatriot Rubens Barrichello, a family friend who made his race debut in 1993 with Ayrton as his mentor, whose Formula One career now appears to be over after 19 seasons, 11 race wins and more starts than any other driver.

'It will be very interesting to drive for a team that my uncle has driven for, particularly as quite a few of the people here actually worked with Ayrton,' said Senna, whose mother Viviane was Ayrton's older sister, in a statement.

'Hopefully we can bring back some memories and create some great new ones too.

'I also want to get some good results in return for the support my country has given me to help get me to this position today.

'I am very proud to be Brazilian and more motivated than ever to demonstrate what I can do.'

No financial details were given but Senna is expected to bring a significant Brazilian sponsor with him to a team currently searching for a new title backer after the departure of telecommunications giant AT&T.

Legend: Bruno will follow in the footsteps of legendary uncle Ayrton who memorably raced for Williams until his tragic death in 1994

Legend: Bruno will follow in the footsteps of legendary uncle Ayrton who memorably raced for Williams until his tragic death in 1994

Senna, who raced karts with Ayrton on the family farm and also features in the recent award-winning documentary about his uncle's life and death, wears a blue cap with the branding of Brazilian telecoms company Embratel, his personal sponsor.

The ever-smiling Brazilian made several visits to the team's Grove factory before and after Christmas with Williams, who endured their worst ever season last year, trying him out in their simulator and putting him through his paces in the gym.

'The circumstances of Bruno's two seasons in Formula One have not given him an ideal opportunity to deliver consistently so it was essential that we spent as much time with him as possible to understand and evaluate him as a driver,' said team principal Frank Williams.

'We have done this both on track and in our simulator and he has proven quick, technically insightful and above all capable of learning and applying his learning quickly and consistently,' he added.

'Now we are looking forward to seeing that talent in our race car.'

Excited: Williams principal Frank Williams is looking forward to watching Bruno race for his team

Excited: Williams principal Frank Williams is looking forward to watching Bruno race for his team

Senna's appointment leaves just one declared vacancy, alongside Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa at HRT.

It also means Brazil will have two drivers on the grid next season, with Ferrari's Felipe Massa the other one.

Once-dominant Williams scored just five points last season, finishing ninth of the 12 teams, but will have a Renault engine this year as well as a reorganised technical team under former McLaren man Mike Coughlan.

'I'm really happy to be a part of a team with such a fantastic heritage,' said Senna, whose new team have fallen on tough times since the last of their seven drivers' championships in 1997.

'I am very proud that Williams has chosen me to race in what will be an important year for them. Everyone is extremely motivated for 2012 and it is great to be part of that motivation.

'It is true that they didn't have the best season last year, but it is clear that the team is on a new path and everyone is pulling together to ensure that this year is a better one.

'I really hope that I can demonstrate what I can do.'

Danny Webb following in his father"s footsteps

Webb Jr is following in his father David's FA Cup footsteps

Danny Webb finally emulated his father David on Friday morning by lifting the FA Cup.

The circumstances were a little different of course. A Friday morning in January at Salisbury City’s homely Raymond McEnhill Stadium compared with a Wednesday night at Old Trafford in 1970.

Family affair: Danny Webb lifts the FA Cup at Salisbury's Raymond McEnhill Stadium

Family affair: Danny Webb lifts the FA Cup at Salisbury's Raymond McEnhill Stadium

Family affair: Danny Webb lifts the FA Cup at Salisbury's Raymond McEnhill Stadium

That evening 42 years ago, Webb Snr’s extra-time headed winner gave Chelsea victory over Leeds in a final replay watched by a TV audience of 28 million – the second highest ever for a sports programme, after the 1966 World Cup final.

Making history: David Webb with the same trophy in 1970

Making history: David Webb with the same trophy in 1970

There were more like 28 people watching on Friday as Webb Jnr, also a defender, grasped the famous trophy as he prepared to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

He said: ‘I must have been eight or nine when I realised my dad had won the Cup and scored the winning goal. Or maybe (Roberto) Di Matteo scoring that early goal in 1997 when Chelsea won it for the first time since 1970 and they kept showing footage that it really hit home.’

All aboard: Webb gets on the Salisbury bus bound for Sheffield

All aboard: Webb gets on the Salisbury bus bound for Sheffield

Good header, wasn’t it

‘Well, a good cheek. From a long throw as well. It’s when we go up to watch a game at Chelsea or are around London, with the amount of cabbies who know him that you realise how big he was for Chelsea. ‘Now he gets his fix of football coming to every Salisbury home game. He stands behind the goal in his flat cap and watches his boy play. But he’ll be up at Sheffield.’

Golden Boy De La Hoya backs Khan to claim the ultimate prize

Golden Boy De La Hoya backs Khan to claim the ultimate prize

Oscar de la Hoya believes Amir Khan will follow in his footsteps as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

De La Hoya, now Khan”s promoter and boss of Golden Boy, is convinced that Khan is already capable of defeating Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Fighting fit: Amir Khan

Fighting fit: Amir Khan

Golden Boy also promote Mayweather and De La Hoya will match Khan against him if the dream fight against Manny Pacquaio fails to materialise.

De La Hoya, now back to business following his spell in post-alcoholic rehabilitation said: “If we can”t make the Pacquaio fight then we will gladly put Amir in with Floyd in May.

“Do I believe Khan is ready for Floyd I believe he”s ready for anybody.

“There is a theory that Amir might get caught by Floyd”s counterpunching but I don”t think so.”

He then paid Khan the ultimate personal compliment by saying: “Amir reminds me of myself. So full of energy, putting on so much pressure.

Back in business: Oscar de la Hoya

Back in business: Oscar de la Hoya

“Floyd is a great defensive fighter and he can slip two to three punch combinations but Amir is now throwing so many punches in clusters that he can”t avoid them all coming at him so fast.

“It would be a real problem for Floyd.”

De La Hoya understands the public demand for Mayweather to fight Pacquaio but insists that the only stumbling block to a May 5 meeting is the Filipino congressman”s own promoter.

He says: “Bob Arum is the only one stopping it happening. We want to make the fight the whole world wants to see.

“But we need at least three months to build a fight like this. So we need Manny to get Arum to the table very soon after Amir”s fight here against Lamont Peterson this weekend. If that goes as well as we expect and we still can”t pin down Pacquaio then let”s go for Mayweather versus Khan.”

Arum counters by insisting that his Top Rank company are negotiating directly with Mayweather and that Golden Boy are worried they may be cut out of the richest fight in boxing history.