Former Newcastle United fan favourite Micky Quinn sounded his disbelief on Twitter following the news that Steve McClaren will keep his job until relegation is threatened.
Quinn, who is still held in high esteem with Newcastle supporters for his goalscoring heroics in the early 90s, took to Twitter to insinuate the decision was a joke, commenting: ''are they having a laugh''
Are Newcastle already relegation threatened?
Although it is still relatively early days in the season, Newcastle supporters have good reason to be fearing the worst as they sit just one position above bottom club Aston Villa in 19th.
Nevertheless, with just three points separating them and Norwich City in 16th and five separating them and Chelsea in 14th, it could all change very quickly and the decision not to press the panic button could eventually work in the club's favour.
Newcastle are at home in three of their remaining five Premier League games in 2015 and McClaren will be hoping to take advantage and get some much needed points on the board.
All eyes will be focused on the 19th December, when Newcastle host bottom club Aston Villa, however it's important the performances in the next two matches, against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, are a much higher standard than that of the one in the defeat to Crystal Palace.