Alan Pardew unruffled by Pope's support of Sunderland

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he is not worried by the Pope's allegiance to rivals Sunderland before the north-east derby at the Stadium of Light.

Pope Francis was gifted a Sunderland shirt this week by Father Marc Lyden-Smith, the club's chaplain.

Sunderland head into Sunday's game with just one point from eight Premier League games this season.