Alan Pardew admitted he was a worried man after seeing Newcastle plummet deep into relegation trouble with a 6-0 drubbing by Liverpool at St James' Park.
The 51-year-old has sent out his team under orders to make amends for their derby humiliation by Sunderland a fortnight ago. But the Magpies slipped to their heaviest home defeat since 1925.
Asked if he is confident he can drag the club out of a terrifying tail-spin, Pardew said:
Pardew and his players were booed from the pitch both at half-time and on the final whistle after capitulating in alarming style, much as they had done against Liverpool in December 2008. Five months later, they were relegated.
Owner Mike Ashley was not at the game but it is understood Pardew is under no immediate threat despite the criticism currently coming his way.