Toon legend Rob Lee says Pardew MUST get a good start, or Mike Ashley will swing the axe.
Rob Lee: "Next season is massive for Pardew and he knows it. What happens will determine how he goes down in the history of Newcastle United.
"Pardew will now realise that managing Newcastle United is not the easiest gig.
"There is no bigger club in the UK, maybe even Europe, that has gone longer without any real trophy success. That in itself brings more pressure.
"This time last year, it must have felt easy, I wonder if he's had his self-belief shaken by the past months.
"The job has just got bigger for him, which is why he needs to start work right away.
"Newcastle United need a good season next time around. Alan Pardew needs a good season.
"And to do that they team must start well. That’s non-negotiable."
Source: Newcastle United Mad