"That's the way of the football world these days; Chris Hughton one week, Martin Jol the next - now it's my turn. It wasn't that long ago the knives were out for Alan Pardew and look where Newcastle are now.
"That's not to say I wasn't very disappointed by the defeat - that would be putting it mildly. Three points in that game and two successive wins for the first time since we returned to the Premier League, would have put us in mid-table rather than in the vulnerable position we find ourselves.
"There's little you can do about the criticism, except take it on the chin and continue to work the squad through this period and towards an upturn in results."
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