Think back two days ago when we are all thought our promotion back to the Premier League could be jeopardized by some tomfoolery from those at the top.
We heard the Newcastle club was accused of fraud in the transfer market and that Managing Director Lee Charnley had been arrested by HMRC agents and of course the national press went to town and quickly too.
But we also have to say it did look very serious at the time.
But a short 48 hours later and things have settled down considerably, although the HMRC charges are hardly good for the image of our club.
Rafa Benitez – the hope and future of Newcastle United
The change in mode is entirely due to manager Rafa Benitez who seemed upbeat, confident and even proud at his press conference yesterday for the game tonight at Cardiff City.
But he was also down to earth and straight and didn’t sugar coat anything either.
In other words typical Rafa.
It appears clear he is increasingly confident he can get the backing he needs from owner Mike Ashley once he presents his comprehensive blueprint for Newcastle’s long term future of success.
This is one of the many interviews Mr. Benitez gave yesterday as reported today in the Sunderland Echo (how did Sunderland get into this?):
“I have been clear. I have been talking with Mike, and we have decided we will talk next week or in 10 days or whatever.”
“It depends on the schedule, but we have already been working on football.”
“I have been talking with Lee and I said ‘Lee, we have to progress with pre-season’, and I said I needed to give him some football information.”
“I was talking about injuries, because we have players we have to sort out now, sooner rather than later and also my future is my conversations with Mike.”
“Everybody is expecting ‘how much money?’. All these questions you have depend on the conversation. We will see where we are.”
“At the moment, I am quite positive. The conversation was quite positive.” “He was congratulating me and the staff and everyone, and I can say nothing else.”
“He’s the owner, so then it depends on him what we will do.”
“He needs to know my ideas and I need to know what he is thinking and we have to talk about everything.”
“I am a professional. He’s a businessman, and he knows his business, so it’s simple.”
Notice when Rafa talks this week about he needs to sort our his future with Mike, he is probably referring to a new long term contract so he can carry out and execute his vision for Newcastle United Football Club.
When he says his future he would like nothing more than to be manager of Newcastle United so that he is only a one hour helicopter ride away from his wife and two daughters in the Wirral, Cheshire.
Ad Rafa already knows the Newcastle fans adore him so what a terrific long term future this could be for both Rafa and Newcastle.
This man stayed with us and risked his good name in world football to stay with Newcastle United.
He has shown his utter commitment to Newcastle.
Just think what it would have been like if we were in 12th position in the Championship on 61 points and we never even reached the playoffs this season.
That was the fate of Aston Villa.
We don’t mock the Aston Villa fans we commiserate with them.
Let’s hope that Geordie Steve Bruce can bring them back up next season – we’ve all gone through too much pain ourselves and know exactly how the Villa fans will be feeling – they’ve also been badly let down by those running the club from the top.
We should let go and celebrate our return to the big time and the very distinct possibility that Rafa wants to stay (very) long term at Newcastle.
This is even more than we could have hoped for one year ago.
It doesn’t get much better than this at Newcastle.
Or does it?