Alan Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is reportedly on the verge of being sacked following his side's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Southampton.

According to the Daily Mail, owner Mike Ashley is on the verge of sacking Pardew just two years into his eight-year contract with the club.

The Toon manager was subject to chants of 'Pardew out' and 'it's never your fault Pardew' throughout Newcastle's dismal defeat at the hands of the Saints on Saturday.

The report claims that the Geordie club could target former Manchester United manager David Moyes to replace Pardew at the helm at Newcastle United. The other name in the frame for the position is former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle legend and former manager Alan Shearer believes that Pardew is under tremendous pressure at the moment to turn things around or face the sack. The Tyneside club are yet to win a match in the Premier League this season and currently sit at the bottom of the league.

"He is under huge pressure," Shearer said, as quoted by BBC.

Pardew also spoke regarding the pressure from the fans and rumours regarding his future at the club.

"All I can do until told otherwise is plan the group for next week [at home to Hull]. It [the scrutiny] is not going to help because the performance from the start put us on the back foot," Pardew said.

"The fans were on us from the start, on me in particular. That didn't help the situation," the former West Ham United manager added.

However, the Mirror reports that Newcastle are looking at Steve Bruce to replace Pardew as manager and it is believed the Hull City manager wants to bring in Shearer as his assistant.