The Toon boss says he doesn't see his future anywhere other than St James' Park - and is savvy enough to know that a few bad results could soon change the board's outlook.
"At the moment I'm just getting on with the job," he told the Sunday Sun. "Yes my contract is up at the end of the season, but my priority is just to get on and do the best job that I can and let other things take care of themselves.
"From my point of view, where I want to be is manager of Newcastle United. That is where I am and I would like that to continue. But the most important thing is to get the results because I am also conscious that as managers, we can go through bad periods.
"Look at Kevin MacDonald at Villa, for example. In his first week in charge he had a wonderful week. He then took a young side to Austria and also got a good result, a draw. Then the next weekend he lost 6-0 here and was getting knocked out of the Europa League, before getting a very good result against Everton.
"That is all in the space of two or three weeks. Things can change very quickly in football, so all I want to do is concentrate on the job at the moment."