Newcastle United appeared to be safe from any threat of relegation for a long time but recent form has seen them dragged into the battle at the bottom of the table.
After Leicester City and Hull City both picked up crucial wins in the fight for survival, Newcastle now sit just five points above the drop zone with most of the teams below them having played one fewer game.
John Carver is a man under severe pressure as he looks completely out of his depth as a Premier League manager. Mike Ashley’s decision to wait until the end of the season to appoint Alan Pardew’s permanent successor could come back to haunt him.
The owner is all about profit, meaning dropping out of the Premier League would be a disaster for not only the club but his pockets too.
The defeat to Swansea on Saturday afternoon was Newcastle’s seventh consecutive defeat a run which has coincided with a major injury crisis and has left fans in no doubt that their temporary boss needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
The Magpies look like they could concede at any given moment and have been leaking goals for weeks. Combine that with the fact they are struggling to hit the target at the other end and you have a recipe for disaster.
You get the feeling that one more win would be enough for them to stay in the top flight and with some winnable games to come, they should just be able to survive.
But the way they have capitulated in recent weeks has quite rightly made supporters extremely angry. If they do manage to stay up, they will have Pardew to thank for an excellent first half of the campaign.