The Newcastle head coach, Alan Tait, will mull over his future with the club over the next few days after the Falcons went down 16-10 at home to Exeter to remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the Premiership table.
Tait admitted the "knives will be out" after the loss. "We have to face up to reality and we have just had a meeting with the players and coaches about where we are," he said.
"I have to look at myself as well and I will do that and I will have a talk with the owner. I'll reflect on things and on my performances over the next few days. I had a dream and vision for this club and it hasn't quite worked and I have to speak to the owner. The knives will be out for me and quite rightly so."