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However, it was Newcastle who took the lead after just 10 minutes against the early run of play as Daryl Janmaat’s inch-perfect cross found Papiss Cisse for the strike to head home his first goal since the opening day of the season amid questions of offside

The 50-year-old, who took charge of the final 20 games of last season, 19 of them in the Barclays Premier League, has parted company with the Magpies along with coach Steve Stone

Newcastle started to show more intent going forward towards the end of the first half, with Emmanuel Riviere taking a couple of shots, while Ryan Taylor forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel, but the Magpies could not get a goal back before the break

The defeat in question came against Premier League champions-elect, Chelsea, on Wednesday – a result that ended the hosts’ four-game winning streak – but Pearson will be desperate to see his charges resume their great escape with victory at home to struggling Newcastle on Saturday (today)

“I didn’t want to talk a lot about this situation, it’s always the same when you’re losing a game, it’s always like that and the first man in front of the criticism is the boss,” said Giroud