The France international returned from suspension to fire the Magpies to a vital 1-0 victory over Aston Villa although he left it late to do so.

Remy’s 12th goal of the season came in the 92nd minute at St James’ Park and served as a timely reminder of the loan signing’s potency, with other potential suitors also casting eyes over him.

Asked if every additional strike takes the frontman further from his grasp, Pardew said: ‘I think that’s fairly obvious.

‘He is going to be hot property. He is going to get a lot of press tomorrow and I am going to leave him out of the next 11 [games].’

Remy’s last-gasp intervention came in the nick of time as he smashed home from close range in the second minute of added time at the end of the game after substitute Luuk de Jong’s cross had been deflected into his path.

Pardew had gone into the game with the club having denied his reign could be over if he lost it.

He said: ‘As a football manager, you are on 40 points – I think we have had a decent season. But the recent run put pressure on myself and the team, and my staff as well.