After last night's 3-2 defeat to a brilliant Everton side, Alan Pardew will be fearing for his position as Newcastle United manager.
After the farcical appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, the former West Ham manager's position has grown increasingly precarious.
Kinnear has already indicated that he would gladly get back in the hot seat at Newcastle if he were to be offered the position. This prospect will no doubt terrify Newcastle's long suffering fans.
Yesterday's defeat was mainly down to Newcastle's very poor defending, with French centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa being withdrawn at half-time after a poor display.
Pardew knows as well as anyone that Newcastle do not have the quality to achieve anything this season. He seemed rightly perturbed by the lack of transfer funds being made available to him in the summer, with their only addition being the loan signing of Loic Remy from relegated Queens Park Rangers.
Pardew knows that he will have to try and garner some funds to strengthen in January, but that may prove to be a fruitless expedition. Mike Ashley's running of Newcastle is making a club with a proud history look increasingly like a place that top players would not want to go. Potential top-class signings may be put off for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the managerial uncertainty that now hangs over the Magpies could prove a sticking point for any players looking to settle under a manager that is secure in their position.
Also, Newcastle's squad is now so dominated by French players that players from other nationalities may find it hard to fit in.
Newcastle discovered this problem last January when the clutch of French players that Pardew had signed failed to fit in; Newcastle's form suffered as a result, and they narrowly avoided relegation.
Pardew finds himself in a very difficult position. He has gone from being awarded a five-year contract after the club's brilliant fifth placed finish in 2011/12 to effectively being relegated to the position of first-team coach.
He is now forced to report to Kinnear in virtually all aspects of his management. If Ashley does decide to replace Pardew with Kinnear or any other figure, it will be grossly unfair. Any new manager will struggle with all the problems that Pardew is struggling with, Newcastle could well find themselves dropping down to the Championship for the second time in four years.
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