Alan Pardew has said that he will not resign from his post as Newcastle United boss following last night's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.
The Magpies went down at the Britannia Stadium in a result that leaves Newcastle second from bottom in the Premier League table.
The defeat piles yet more pressure on under-fire Pardew - who has not won a league game all season - but the 53-year-old is defiant and claims that he will not walk away.
He told BBC Sport: "It leaves me in charge of the team until I'm told I'm not. There's a lot of pressure on me and that's reflected in the team a little bit but I've got to be strong and resilient.
"It's out of my hands, I'm a professional manager with a contract and I'll continue to lead the team to the best of my ability.
"I'll probably speak to [Mike Ashley] tomorrow or the next day because this team needs to win games. We're losing games and I have to turn it around. There's criticism and mocking of some description and you've got to be strong and get on with it."