How Newcastle's cup win may have saved Pardew's job at the expense of Pellegrini's

Newcastle United's win over Manchester City may have secured Alan Pardew's job, whilst putting Manuel Pellegrini's in danger.

Newcastle United's win over Manchester City may have meant that the positions of the two managers involved swapped around.

Alan Pardew has been under pressure since the start of the season, but two wins in as many weeks in the Premier League, followed by this cup victory means that his job is looking secure once again.

Manuel Pellegrini, on the other hand, is starting to come under scrutiny because of the poor start that City have made.

The Citizens have struggled in every competition that they have played in so far and another couple of defeats could see the Chilean's job under threat.

A loss to Manchester United at the weekend could see them slip nine points behind the current leaders Chelsea and that looks an insurmountable deficit, even at this early stage.

The side then take on CSKA Moscow in a must win Champions League fixture, with their chances of qualifying from the group looking precarious. 

Losses in both games could see the FA Cup as the only trophy realistically available for Pellegrini to win and, given that it is still only November, that would have to be considered a major failure. 

Pellegrini delivered success in his first season at the club, but in the reactionary world of modern day football he could not feel safe if the side continue to struggle. 

Newcastle, however, may be starting to feel rather glad that they remained patient with Pardew as their season is starting to show signs of turning around after a dismal opening. 

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