Steve Bruce has been urged to walk away from Newcastle United by a former team-mate.
Elsewhere, Jamie Redknapp has defended the Magpies boss and has given his verdict on the club's current dismal run.
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Bruce urged to resign
Tony Cascarino has urged his former Gillingham team-mate Steve Bruce to resign as manager of Newcastle United.
Bruce is coming under increasing pressure after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa stretched the Magpies' winless run to 10 matches.
Newcastle remain seven points clear of the relegation zone but results are now beginning to match the negative performances that have plagued United's season.
The Newcastle United Supporters' Trust have warned the club they are 'sleepwalking towards relegation', while supporters' group Wor Flags took to St James' Park with displays urging United to part ways with their manager.
Bruce insists he will fight on but Cascarino believes it would be in his best interests to walk away from the job.
Jamie Redknapp has delivered a stark assessment of Newcastle United's current predicament following the defeat to Aston Villa.
Newcastle went down 2-0 at Villa Park on Saturday evening and have now gone 10 games without a win in all competitions - putting manager Steve Bruce under increasing pressure.
The Magpies have dropped to 16th in the Premier League table, though they remain seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Redknapp has voiced his concerned for Newcastle and feels there are a number of problems within the club.
Next manager odds
Rafa Benitez is now the bookies' favourite to become the next Newcastle United manager should Steve Bruce leave St James' Park.
Speculation over the Magpies' head coach's future has intensified in recent weeks following a dreadful run of form which has dragged his side into a relegation battle.
United extended their winless run in all competitions to 10 matches following their defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday night. First-half strikes from Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore meant it was a comfortable evening for Dean Smith's side.
Bruce insisted there were 'encouraging' signs from the Magpies, but was also asked for his view on a fans' protest outside St James' Park calling for his departure.
Here are the leading contenders to become the next Magpies boss ( according to odds from Paddy Power ) should Bruce depart St James' Park.