Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says Sam Allardyce will not be sacked if his side lose at home to Arsenal tonight..
The Newcastle manager has come under pressure following a poor run of results and there had been speculation that he would be fired if his side suffered defeat at the hands of teh Premiership leaders.
But Newcastle’s billionaire owner Ashley has dismissed the suggestion that Allardyce’s fate could be decided by the outcome of one game.
“I’ll be at the game and there is nothing to in the suggestion that it all comes to and end with Sam if we lose to Arsenal. That’s nonsense,” Ashley told the Daily Express.
Allardyce himself has admitted he feared his side’s slump might have come earlier in his reign.
“When we beat Tottenham at home on the Monday night, things were moving well in advance of where I thought they would go,” he said.
“I thought we might have had a stickier period earlier on and we did not do that.
“Now the sticky period has hit us and we are five games in without a win.
“That can happen and you just have to make sure you keep believing and put it right as quickly as possible.
“Trying to get the victory now as quickly as possible is key to settling everybody down.
“Other teams are into eight and nine and even double figures without a victory. But here at Newcastle, two games without a victory is not acceptable.
“You have got to accept that and make sure when you are over it, it does not recur again.”