Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has vowed to remain at the club in the wake of key changes at St James' Park.
Former United manager Joe Kinnear was named the club's technical director on Tuesday, a move that has not met with universal approval among supporters.
Managing director Derek Llambias has since resigned from his post, leading to speculation about Pardew's future.
But he has insisted he will stay at St James' Park to try and improve on a disappointing season that saw Newcastle finish in 16th position, five points above the relegation places.
"I am staying - to take the club up the league," Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle.
News of Llambias' departure comes on the day the fixtures for the new season were announced, with United facing a tough trip to Manchester City on the weekend of August 17-19.
Pardew signed an eight-year contract in September last year, his reward for guiding the club into the Premier League's top five and back into Europe.
However, the top flight Manager of the Year's fortunes dipped alarmingly last season when a squad which had not been sufficiently strengthened during the summer, much to his disappointment, was exposed as it attempted to negotiate its way through a cluttered fixture schedule.
Ashley backed a belated January rebuilding programme as an unlikely fight against relegation ensued, but the Magpies limped over the finishing line to come home in 16th place.
Pardew's future was a matter of some speculation as a difficult campaign drew to a close, and even he admitted he could be relieved of his duties.
However, he emerged from an end-of-season debrief still in post and ready for a fresh assault on the Premier League.