Cisse unaffected by rumours
Djibril Cisse says he was unaffected by rumours that manager Roy Keane had walked out on the club.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 17/11/08 1:03pm
Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse has declared that he was unaffected by rumours that manager Roy Keane had walked out on the club last week.
The Frenchman freely admits that Keane was the main reason he joined the club and was confident in the fact that the former Manchester United midfielder would not walk away from the challenge at the Stadium of Light.
Cisse has made a positive start to his Sunderland career with five goals in ten starts since joining from Marseille on loan.
Although the striker insists that he remained unaffected, he did state that some of his team-mates did speak about the rumours that surfaced last week.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "Some of the players talked about the rumours that the boss was quitting. I don't really have any interest in those sort of rumours.
"Sixty per cent of me coming here was down to him, 40 per cent because of the project Sunderland AFC. They have great ambitions and want to be one of the top six, eight, ten teams.
"Roy Keane is really important to that plan. He is someone with a lot of passion, a lot of desire to achieve great things for the club.
"He's a great model for a manager. He played at the top level. He knows how players work and think."
Cisse was on target again on Saturday as he claimed the winner as the Black Cats came from behind to beat Blackburn at Ewood Park and he says that manager Keane played a massive part in the turnaround.
Sunderland went into the half-time interval 1-0 down and Cisse admits that Keane had some harsh words to say.
He added: "I can't really tell you what was said because that's between the players and the manager. But it was good for us. It gave us a boost.
"He got me a bit annoyed and I wanted to show him that I can score goals and work hard. He found the right words at half-time."
Immediately after scoring his goal Cisse ran over to the Sunderland bench to celebrate with his manager as the striker wanted to highlight that Keane was responsible for the victory.
He said: "It made us realise that it wasn't enough what we were giving.
"He made us frustrated and we turned that frustration into a desire to go forward and a desire to change the result. I wanted to share my joy with him."