Newcastle haven’t had a good team for a while now and since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in late August, 2004 for finishing only 5th in the league, since then Newcastle have finished 5th in the Premier League only once – back in 2012.
And just in case the Geordie fans got carried away with that, the next season we were struggling mightily against relegation.
Since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007 we have finished in the top eight in the PL only once and been relegated twice so until this year things have been pretty dire at Newcastle – and that may be a huge understatement.
Rafa Benitez – this picture was not taken on Friday night
Now Rafa Benitez is starting to put a top team together and we have to get used to what that means.
There will be some jealousy from other fans – whether they admit that or not – and we’ve seen some of that this season – we are buying promotion and all that stuff even though we made a £31M profit last summer.
And in games we may even get some good calls from the referee.
Just think of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
We remember well in games when they were behind after 90 minutes they got 7 minutes of added time (or until they equalized?) so they had time to rescue the game.
But we also saw on Friday night that in some games it appears (of course we would never say this actually happened) the referee is completely against Newcastle and makes some weird decisions as Stephen Martin did in that first half.
That’s what happens when you are a good side and since we want to get better and better with Rafa Benitez at the helm we should probably just get used to it.