Seven Premier League managers have lost their job this season, with bottom of the table Fulham changing manager twice.
Now Pardew – who incidentally is the now the Premier League’s second longest serving manager behind Arsene Wenger – is under severe pressure to avoid becoming the eighth managerial casualty of the season, following five straight home defeats.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to pull the plug on Pardew – who he appointed in December 2010 – if the Magpies fail to beat Aston Villa next Sunday.
It will leave Ashley with a big cheque to write, having only handed the former West Ham boss an eight year contract 18 months ago.
The contract came as a reward for an outstanding season in 2011/2012, when Newcastle narrowly missed out on the Champions League, finishing fifth, with Pardew being named ‘Manager of the Year’.
But Pardew has found himself come under fire of late, following another local derby defeat to Sunderland, and the teams failure to string any sort of cup run together.
Now Ashley is ready to take action if the Magpies fail to produce a result in the upcoming clash with Aston Villa.