Hodgson: "The standard and the quality of the teams is so good that if you are unlucky enough to get yourself on a bad run you can spiral downwards.
"I understand the Newcastle people and the fans who support the club will say they are surprised and that they shouldn't be where they are but unfortunately I do not subscribe to that type of thing.
"No-one has got a right to be anywhere other than the position they can play their way into. I am sure my thoughts on the subject will correspond to those of Keegan and his staff. There is such expectation there. But there is expectation everywhere these days.
"Kevin certainly knows the club well and knows all about expectation and pressure. He's gone in with his eyes open. Let's see how he gets on in the last part of the season. I believe he will do well."