Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has held crisis talks with manager Kevin Keegan as his team continues to seek it's first win since his return.

The Daily Mail says after watching his side crash to a last-minute loss to Blackburn, their second at home under Keegan, Ashley made a point of seeking out the manager and his players to praise them for their best display since the return of the former England boss.

But the owner also wanted guarantees that the manager appointed only six weeks ago can lead them from danger.

With trips to Liverpool and Birmingham City up next, he knows the club could be in the bottom three by the middle of the month.

There is no suggestion Keegan is about to be jettisoned by Ashley, or that the former England boss will walk away, but there is increasing boardroom anxiety.

Ashley has spent more than £250million buying Newcastle and clearing debts.

A drop to the Championship would cripple the club.