Under pressure Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is in serious danger of losing his job at St James Park in the coming weeks, with the outcome possibly coming this weekend if the Magpies lose heavily away at Southampton this weekend.
Goal.com have reported that Pardew is under serious scrutiny from owner Mike Ashley, with fans vocally showing huge discontent for the former West Ham boss, after a dismal run of results since last Christmas.
The Toon lost 15 of their 21 games in the second half of the season, including an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland in the Tyne and Wear Derby, and fans have lost patience in both Pardew and Ashley.
Reports from the Telegraph have said that Ashley, who made his fortune in developing popular sports equipment chain Sports Direct, was looking to sell Newcastle and put more money into investing into Scottish club Rangers, with the 51 year old reportedly seeing that as a more worthwhile investment.
However, those reports have been vehemently denied by the club, and have banned both the paper and the journalist who published the story.
Pardew's tenure hasn't been any more likeable however, with fans particularly aggrieved at the style of play, and the treatment of fans favourite Hatem Ben Arfa, who was frozen out at St James Park by Pardew, and will see out the remainder of his contract at Hull on loan, with a recent poll by local paper the Newcastle Chronicle saying 85% of supporters wanting him gone.
The Newcastle boss also had a bizarre incident last season where he headbutted Hull midfielder David Meyler, and although given a warning about his conduct, has been on thin ice since. With £30m invested in the team, combined with their winless start to the season, the Newcastle hierarchy are at the end of their tether with Pardew.
And the former West Ham manager could face the sack if he loses heavily at another of his former clubs, Southampton, with the Saints beating them 4-0 last season at St Mary's.