After another average performance at home, Newcastle fans are starting to turn against manager Alan Pardew but is it really all his fault?
Mike Ashley has made error after error in charge of the Toon and although supporters also want him to leave, the view from the outside is that more pressure is being put on boss Pardew who is already overachieving with the squad he has.
Even thinking back to Andy Carroll, Alan Pardew seems to have players sold without his consent and even after guiding the club to the Europa League people are not convinced.
Here are three reasons why Newcastle should stick by their man.
At every club he has been at, Alan Pardew has had to work on a tight budget and that is something some people may forget.
It was 13 months ago that Pardew signed a number of players, all relatively bargains for foreign players who he could now sell at an inflated price if he or Ashley decided.
He has had players such as Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye sold without his consent yet he still has the team in the top half and competing.
The majority of Newcastle’s signings over the past few years have been highly rates, sought-after players that have chosen to join Newcastle.
Admittedly the size of the club and its history may have had effect, but the likes of Loic Remy, Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy had plenty of other clubs looking at them but Pardew was a big force behind them joining the Toon.
Pardew had the same effect at other clubs signing the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano when at West Ham and this shouldn’t be underestimated.
I want Pardew to keep his job!!
— Craig #NUFC (@MrTwinzer) February 23, 2014
Feels great to have won again. Watch us win 2 out of the next 3 and Pardew lives on. #nufc
— Joe Halliday (@halliday_9) February 23, 2014