The relationship between Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew and club owner Mike Ashley is at breaking point.

The Mail on Sunday says Pardew is facing a crisis in his relationship with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley that will test his resolve to stay as manager.

Pardew is still trying to come to terms with the arrival of former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear as director of football.

It was Pardew's success in taking Newcastle to fifth in the Premier League in 2011-12 which helped to get fans off Ashley's back. But the decision to hire Kinnear has made the owner public enemy No 1 again.