Newcastle United assistant boss John Carver has rejected claims that manager Alan Pardew is on the way out of St James' Park after a frustrating transfer window.
After selling Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, The Magpies have failed to appease the club's supporters with a marque signing this summer.
Furthermore, Pardew's inability to buy a replacement for Andy Carroll, despite reportedly having £35 million to spend had led bookies to slash the odds on Pardew's departure at Newcastle.
But Carver said: "This has been a good start for us. We have picked up seven points from three matches and we are into the third round of the Carling Cup. We are going in the right direction.
"If you had told people we would have what we have now, they would have snapped your hands off.
"How can people question the position of the manager? It's absurd."
Following criticism of the club in the transfer window, especially in Newcastle's inability to draft in a genuine replacement for Andy Carroll, Carver raised hopes of a new signing, claiming the club won't stop working.
"Just because the window is shut, it doesn't mean that the work stops," he added.
"The manager is away looking at games this week and out of the country. We work with what we have now until January and then go from there."