This could be filed under the standard vote of confidence, however it's not like standards slipped. At the end of October - when we were 11th:
"Chris is our manager and will remain our manager, and it is our intention to re-negotiate his contract at the end of the year"
Today when we're 11th:
"Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. The board feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward."