Alan Pardew is contemplating his preparations for the new season after holding talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
The pair, along with managing director Derek Llambias, met up on Wednesday to talk through the failings of the last campaign and to discuss the way forward.
The "showdown" saw Pardew fighting for his career after a season of under-achievement by his side.
Despite the increasing disquiet among fans as a difficult campaign drew to a close, Ashley didn't appear to have the appetite to dispense with the services of the 51-year-old manager, who signed an eight-year contract in September last year,
Despite what you read in newspapers, I can promise you the terms of the deal mean it would not have to be paid up in full should the signatories part company prematurely.
It is a September to September rolling contract.
Pardew continues to blame the demands of the Europa League - something with which we will not have to contend this time around - for the poor season.
But we think otherwise.
Page in Wednesday for the TRUE facts on Pardew ... and his future.
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