It's been a rough week for Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew, and he did not look in the mood for wise cracks during training yesterday.
The manager has had to deal with speculation over his job since the weekend's 4-0 loss away to Southampton, although owner Mike Ashley has given no indication publicly that his job is in jeopardy.
Pardew confirmed to SkySports yesterday that summer signing Siem de Jong would miss the upcoming fixtures with an injury sustained on international duty.
He said: "I’m suggesting, certainly, he won’t be back for the next three months. After that it could be any time really."
Newcastle face Hull City at the weekend and Pardew explained what his face told at training, it has not been a good week.
"Southampton was tough to take. As a group and individually we’re better than that and I take responsibility.
“It was a heavy defeat. It was a tough day for our fans, a tough day for the team and, certainly, a tough day for me.
"The worry is how many goals are we going to score? We need to find a formula which will get us some goals."
His players improving their shooting would help. We revealed yesterday how £17 million new boys Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere have combined to register just one shot on target in four games so far.
It's no wonder Pardew cuts the figure of exasperation leading the team through their paces, in search of a momentum shifting result against a Hull side, who the last time he faced, he landed up getting sent to the stands and banned for seven games for an altercation with David Meyler.