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Pressure on Pardew as Newcastle sink to rock bottom

Pardew faces increasing pressure as his side has yet to win this season Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Newcastle United have sunk to the very bottom of the Premier League table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

The result piled even more pressure onto the manager, Alan Pardew, who signed an eight-year contract just under two years ago. He skipped the post-match press conference after the game at St Mary's.

Fans held up a banner reading 'Pardew Out' in the away section of the ground.

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Ashley has no plans to sell Newcastle United

Mike Ashley Credit: Owen Humphries/PA Wire/ Press Association images

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted he has no plans to sell the club until the end of next season at the earliest.

The sportswear magnate moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that he is ready to sell up in order to buy Scottish club Rangers, in which he already has a nine per cent stake.

A club statement said: "The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United. For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price."

World Cup tickets for North East matches go on sale

Up to one million tickets for the Rugby World Cup 2015 will go on sale to the general public from today.

Three of the matches will be played at St James' Park in Newcastle.

South Africa will take on Scotland on Saturday October 3rd.

Samoa play Scotland on Saturday October 10th.

The final fixture is New Zealand versus Tonga is on Friday October 9th .

Webb Ellis Trophy Credit: Owen Humphies/PA Wire

Tickets will be available until 29 September, 2014. They are priced in four categories for all matches, starting at £15 for adults. Child tickets, from £7, will be available for 41 matches.

Tickets will be sold online via the official Rugby World Cup 2015 website tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.

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