Which for hardcore footballers might as well be the same thing as dead in many cases. :\
Welcome to the English Premier League managerial merry-go-round... I'd put good money on the fact he's managing a new club within six months (and most likely far less than that and most likely Crystal Palace).
I have mixed feelings on Pardew. He managed my own team a few years back and did pretty well for us; he brought us some much needed silverware and a great day at Wembely after years of pretty dismal and depressing failure but he never got as much as he could out of the players and it all ended in a bit of a farce when he slept with one of the players significant other and then went on an ego-trip when confronted about it.
His time at Newcastle's been weird. There's been some amazing runs of form and he's overperformed a couple of times. On the other hand there have also been some truly awful runs of form, a repeated tendency to put players in the wrong positions and with the wrong roles, some massive tactical inflexibility and a sense that he tends to find something that works more by luck then by tactical knowledge and then sticks with it for far too long even as other teams work it out.
He's also somewhat been the victim of circumstance. The Newcastle owner has a pretty obvious strategy; buy cheap players, sell them at a profit, make the top 10 of the Premier League without getting high enough to make the Europa League and get out of the cups as quickly as possible. Year after year of midtable mediocrity is grinding on fans; it's very hard to get excited by a season where you know you'll never be in danger of relegation or a cup run. And while the owner may be at fault, the manager is the one who appears week-in, week-out and has to take the abuse.