Steve McClaren, who is considered to be the top contender for Newcastle United head coach job has been sacked by Derby County with immediate effect.
The former England manager has previously been linked to the head coach job and was the bookies favourite to replace Pardew before John Carver took over.
In a statement the East Midlands club said:
The decision follows a thorough review of the 2014/15 season by the club’s Board of Directors.
The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.
The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.
TV favourites Ant and Dec have told ITV Tyne Tees that they would give up all their BAFTA awards in exchange for Newcastle United taking three points in their crucial away match against Queen's Park Rangers tomorrow.
We've won three BAFTAs, I would give back all three for three points.
Ant added: "To guarantee staying in the Premier League I definitely would give our BAFTAs back. It's a massive game tomorrow."
The pair were in town for Superhero day to raise money for Cash4Kids, an event hosted by ITV Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle.
Ayoze Perez ended Newcastle's eight-game losing streak as they picked up their first Premier League point since February.
However, the former Tenerife frontman's seventh goal of the season was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw with West Brom at St James' Park on a day when the battle for survival took a series of twists.
Newcastle have lost their eighth consecutive Premier League match in a 3-0 defeat to Leicester.
The Magpies went behind from a corner after less than a minute and it was another set piece that put them 2-0 down a little over 15 minutes into the match.
By the end they were 3-0 down and reduced to nine men after two sendings off - Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson were red carded in separate incidents.
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Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez last night took to twitter after his team's fifth defeat in a row:
Sorry for The result newcastle fans. Disculpas por el resultado newcastle fans.
The Argentinian, who took over as captain when Moussa Sissoko was sent off, also thanked both sets of fans for the standing ovation he received at Anfield.
Scores of fans are preparing to boycott St James’ Park for Newcastle's next match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, April 19.
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Newcastle head coach John Carver says that their 1-0 defeat Sunderland at the weekend was not good enough and that everyone at the club shares responsibility.
Newcastle United Head Coach, John Carver has said the team losing the last four derby games to Sunderland 'is just not good enough':
The Black Cats host the Magpies at the Stadium of Light on Sunday at 4pm.
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