Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has told his critics: "I know I've not been good enough this season."
Pardew was refelcting on a season for the Magpies that saw them in the upper realms of the Premier League earlier in the season but they tailed off after the January transfer window.
The slupm in form has left Pardew under fire but he says that he is looking forward to his end of season meeting with owner Mike Ashley.
News reports from across the channel suggest that Newcastle have made contact with Saint Etienne boss Christophe Galtier.
Pardew denied any knowledge of this contact and when questioned about the campaign and how he felt it has gone he said: "It's a contrasting season.
"The first half I actually felt we played not far from our top level for most of that.
"But in the second half we haven't been good enough, I haven't been good enough and the results have followed.
"I've obviously let myself down on the touchline, for sure.
"The Hull incident was obviously a turning point I definately didn't want to have that, I think that affected me and the team.
"I will make sure that never happens again, it stands out if I'm honest from anything else.
"I think I've made some calls this year where I could have been a bit more positive tactically.
"I know it was difficult in terms of the fans last weekend, but it was still a lot easier for me to manage in that position."
Padew suffered chants against him last weekend in the game against Cardiff from parts of the St James' Park crowd, but is hoping a summer of rebuilding will give him a new lease of life.