Only hours before kick-off, the club’s final last ditch attempt at emotionally blackmailing fans not to protest, has involved roping Papiss Cisse in.

To help Mike Ashley get another year of free Sports Direct advertising and another season of TV riches, some rather dubious quotes have been attributed to Papiss Cisse.

Not sure whether he is supposed to have handwritten them but many of the quotes look very similar to those used earlier this week in attempts to get fans to follow the party line, without any commitment from Mike Ashley as to exactly what will change for the better if Newcastle stay up.

Familiar wording used in these Papiss Cisse quotes include:

‘…we have to forget  about everything that has happened before’

‘…this team is about the fans’

‘…just focus ahead’

‘We need them (fans) to come and support the team…’

‘They (fans) need to show us they are with us…’

‘…come and do this together’

Papiss Cisse ‘speaking’ to the official club website:

“It has been very hard during the seven games I have been out.

“I have watched every match and it is not an easy time for the fans, the players or the staff.

“There are three games left and we have to forget about everything that has happened before and just focus ahead. We have to play game by game and at 200 per cent. That starts against West Brom.

“This team is not about the players – this team is about the fans.

“The fans are angry, and that is normal in a situation like this because no-one wants to see their team lose every game for a long time.

“But we need them to come and support the team on Saturday. They need to show us they are with us, that we are together and hopefully we can win the game for them.

“I know that 100 per cent the players need the fans. We need them more than ever – we need their help to stay in this division.

“I know it is not easy at the moment but I say to them ‘come and do this together’.’

Doesn’t sound like Papiss is playing today, judging by ‘…if THEY score one’ and ‘They have to keep going…’:

“Our strikers need to put their heads up and have their chest out. They need to be confident and be a presence on the pitch.

“I know that if they score one, they will score lots of goals. They have to keep going, keep working and keep believing that things will change.”