Stoke manager Mark Hughes understands how Alan Pardew must be feeling as he battles to keep his critics at bay, but also knows the only way the Newcastle manager can end the negativity is by turning around their current slump.
The Magpies are the visitors to the Britannia Stadium on Monday night and are without a win after five matches, with only Burnley below them in the Barclays Premier League table.
That run has prompted a barrage of abuse aimed at Pardew from Newcastle fans unhappy with the way the team has performed so far this season - and this year in general.
And Hughes, who repeatedly came under fire during his 18-month spell at Manchester City, feels there is too much expectation on managers at some clubs.
"A lot of people don't know the reason why certain things have occurred or why there hasn't been a good performance," said the Welshman.
Who could replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager?
Who could replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager?
1/7 Steve Bruce
Having got Hull City promoted back to the Premier League and then taking them to the FA Cup final last May, Bruce is steadily adding to his reputation as a manager. His previous role at Sunderland was always fraught due to his Geordie roots - but that certainly wouldn't be a problem at St James' Park. The former Manchester United defender didn't disgrace himself during spells in charge of Wigan and Birmingham either.
2/7 Neil Lennon
The former Leicester player was highly successful during his time at Celtic - his only managerial position to date. He won three league titles and caused a few upsets in the Champions League. Has been linked with Premier League roles for some time and is currently a free agent having stepped down at the end of the last season after four years in charge.
3/7 Steve McClaren
McClaren's career is difficult to judge. Performed a few miracles at Middlebrough then came the England job. Won the Eredivisie title with FC Twente, then had strange spells with Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest. It seems the 53-year-old could be back on the way up judging by Derby's solid start to the season and owing to his North East roots, could be a good option for Newcastle.
4/7 Michael Laudrup
A more glamorous appointment that could appease the fans would be that of Laudrup. During his time at Swansea he did brilliantly, bringing in rough gems that he polished into a League Cup winning side. The style of play he instilled was impossible not to admire. The former Barcelona midfielder is currently in charge of Qatari side Lekhwiya.
5/7 Joe Kinnear
Surely Mike Ashley wouldn't - would he? Kinnear was unpopular during his previous spell in charge of Newcastle before it came to an end due to health issues. He was then made Director of Football but a few embarrassing episodes, from getting players' names wrong to failing to visibly do anything soured his standing amongst the fans further.
6/7 Paolo Di Canio
The controversial Italian is just the type of character that would ensure a continuation of the Newcastle United soap opera. And that's why he shouldn't be discounted. Actually did quite well in charge of Swindon and managed to keep Sunderland afloat after being parachuted in. His controversial knee-sliding celebrations when the Black Cats won at St James' Park won't have done him any favours though, and neither will the reports of complete discontent by the end of his reign at the Stadium of Light.
7/7 Roberto Di Matteo
Seemingly linked with every job going, remarkably Di Matteo is still yet to dip his toe back into the choppy management waters since taking Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012. His feat with the Blues whilst caretaker manager has ensured he is a popular choice whenever vacancies come up, whilst his spells at MK Dons and West Brom weren't too shabby either.
"There are always other things people outside the immediate group don't know about and you know yourself you can't go out and say, 'well, these are the reasons'.
"So you have to protect yourself, your position and your club sometimes from situations and sometimes that's to the detriment of yourself.
"It's not easy because there is more focus on you as a club and you, as the figurehead in terms of football. It goes with the territory and you have to deal with it.
"The focus on big clubs is always there and the only way you can deal with it, to take that focus off you as a manager, is by winning football matches and if you don't there is a negative focus."
Hughes has also laughed off comments from City boss Manuel Pellegrini after he described the Potters as a "small team".
Pellegrini was left annoyed by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's tactics in last Sunday's 1-1 draw between the sides at the Etihad Stadium.
Having been beaten at home by Stoke three weeks previously, the Chilean held up Chelsea and the Potters for comparison, seemingly belittling both clubs.
Describing the match with Chelsea, Pellegrini said: "It was very similar to the Stoke team, with a big team playing against a small team with very good players, trying to defend, trying to keep the score (0-0)."
However, Hughes said: "I think everybody understood what he meant.
"We didn't take any umbrage with it, as criticism of ourselves. It was more the Manchester City manager's take on how he thought one of the top teams went up against his side.
"On the day they were gracious in defeat, which sometimes doesn't happen with big clubs. But I felt we fully deserved the victory and they said so."
Hughes has no fresh injury concerns for the meeting with Newcastle, with only midfielder Jonathan Walters (calf) a doubt.