Kevin Keegan was given the backing of his city council as his future as Newcastle manager hangs in the balance.
As negotiations were understood continue between Keegan and owner Mike Ashley, councillors unanimously passed a motion calling for an end to the 'confusion' and said they regretted the bad publicity caused.
Nick Forbes, the Labour leader of the opposition on Newcastle City Council, tabled the motion last night which said: 'Council recognises the widespread public support for Kevin Keegan, and knows how much he means to Newcastle United fans.
'Council believes that he is an asset to the club, the city and the wider community and expresses its support for his continuation in the role of manager.
'Council regrets the adverse publicity being caused as a result of the current situation and urges Newcastle United (which has been awarded freedom of the city by the council) and Kevin Keegan to come to a mutually acceptable agreement which will allow Mr Keegan to remain in post and manage the team effectively.'
David Faulkner, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council and executive member for policy development and coordination, seconded the motion and said: 'This is an issue that is more than just a contractual issue between employer and employee.
'Because of the special place of Newcastle United in our community, it affects the reputation of the club and to an extent the city.
'We hope that it can be resolved soon and that Kevin Keegan stays, with his position both clarified and enhanced.'
Fans have mooted boycotting the next home game against Hull City if Keegan is not in charge.