Alan Pardew has conceded today that his position as Newcastle United manager is the most fragile it has been since joining the club.

Speculation regarding Pardew’s future has increased in recent weeks following a dismal run of just one win from six Premier League matches.

When asked about the continuation of his tenure at St. James’s Park, he told Sky Sports: “Well that’s out of my hands.

“Until I’m told otherwise, my job is to lift the team and make it as good as I can."

Liverpool’s ruthless attacking display consigned the Magpies to a fourth defeat in six, and means they now officially possess the leakiest defence in the division – conceding a whopping 66 goals.

Pardew was rewarded with an eight-year deal back in September after a successful inauguration campaign last year, but things have gone disastrously since then.

The ex-Charlton boss was asked whether he had the backing of owner Mike Ashley, and responded: “I hope so, yes.”

Pardew has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to archrivals Sunderland, with some suggesting he is on borrowed time.

Reflecting on Saturday’s most recent inept display, he said: “That is probably the heaviest defeat I have had as a manager and for me there were a lot of things that I saw which I didn’t like.”

United visit Upton Park at the weekend and risk finishing Saturday just two points off the relegation zone, should they lose against West Ham.

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