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Newcastle thrown down gauntlet to King Kev

It’s squeaky-bum time at St James’ Park, with Newcastle United perched perilously close to the Premier League relegation zone. Defeat at St Andrews on Monday could see them drop into the bottom three for the first time this season, with the Daily Mail reporting Kevin Keegan may only have one or two matches left to save himself.

Sportsmail understands that billionaire owner Mike Ashley is concerned about Keegan’s apparent inability to guide his side clear of relegation danger and is prepared to make his second change of manager.

Concerned would be an understatement and it’s a good job that Sam Allardyce made a decent fist of things before he was axed. OK, so the results weren’t spectacular and neither were the performances but at least they weren’t scrapping for survival while the former Bolton boss was at the helm. The Magpies are underdogs going into Monday night’s relegation six-pointer and it’s hard to fancy them for the three points.

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