Pardew denies fall out with Ba

NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew dismissed any doubts over the future of Demba Ba ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash away to Portugal’s Maritimo after the striker’s agent had complained of his unhappiness.

“That’s just people needing to say things they shouldn’t say, really, but it doesn't really affect me and Demba,” said Pardew. “We have got a good relationship.

Ba and Papiss Cisse are both absent from Newcastle’s 19-man squad, meaning Shola Ameobi is almost certain to instead start.