Tuesday 30 September 2014 14:07, UK
Sky sources understand that Alan Pardew’s job as manager of Newcastle United remains safe for the time being.
Pardew will stay in charge of the Magpies for their Premier League trip to Swansea on Saturday and his position is not under threat following Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.
He will also continue as the club’s manager even if Newcastle lose to the Swans at the Liberty Stadium, with the international break coming up after that game.
Pardew will have his regular conversations with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the next few days, as he suggested after the defeat to the Potters at the Britannia Stadium which left his side 19th in the table and without a victory from their opening six matches.
The 53-year-old told Sky Sports after the game: "It leaves us in the bottom three. We've got to fight, I've got to fight and the team’s got to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we turn it round.
"I don’t expect a serious conversation with Mike Ashley tonight but I think we’ll have some serious conversations before Saturday, because he doesn't want to lose and nor do I.
"It’s important that I showed to the team that I'm here to lead.
"I've never really been in this situation before - it’s unique - but I’m a professional football manager. That’s what I do, and that’s what I’ll continue to do."
Pardew added: "It’s a tough place to come (is) Stoke on any given day, but today was tough for us.
"(There were) slight margins in the game but unfortunately another defeat for us and you can’t keep getting beat so we’re going to have to address that.
"That's been our problem probably for most of the season really (the final third letting them down).
"We've got to find a little bit more quality there. Our delivery, our method a little bit let us down in that area. We're going to need to make a couple of changes I think to the starting 11 to give ourselves a bit more thrust.
"We just need something in that final area, someone to create the moment. We've had a few chances tonight. Unfortunately tonight we weren't able to get that."