Alan Pardew is on borrowed time at Newcastle – and knows it according to one influential Magpies fan.

Steve Wraith the spokesman for the NUFC Fans United Group and editor of the club's No.9 fanzine claims Pardew believes it is "inevitable" that director of football Joe Kinnear will take over as the Toon's manager.

Newcastle were awful in the first half as they lost 3-2 to Everton on Monday and a third successive league defeat - against Cardiff on Saturday - could spell the end of Pardew's three-year reign at St James’ Park.

Wraith claims his fellow fans feel sacking the manager would be unfair because of the way owner Mike Ashley undermined him this summer by bringing back ex-boss Kinnear in a new job.

“There is more support for Alan Pardew now than there was at the end of last season when many wanted him out” said Wraith.

“They feel he has been ­undermined and the Joe Kinnear situation has made it inevitable he will replace him as manager.

“I don’t think Pardew would argue with that assessment - and I am privy to certain conversations he has had with certain people.

“Pardew knows he’s on borrowed time and if results continue to go pear-shaped there’s only one man who’s going to get his job.

“Kinnear approached Mick Harford in the summer to be his assistant - who ever heard of a director of football having an assistant?

“That was Joe’s way of telling us what is going to happen. It just seems inevitable and Pardew does not deserve to be treated like this.”