Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is standing by manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew will be hauled before an FA disciplinary commission this week after being charged with misconduct for headbutting Hull's David Meyler last weekend.

The Sunday Mirror says Ashley has assured Pardew he will continue to back him as manager and is expected to appoint a new managing director to the club's board, with Pardew's blessing, to take some of the weight from the manager's shoulders.

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