An awful lot of pundits said the Newcastle squad did not have enough quality and we had too many Championship class players and would fight relegation this season.
That along with saying Newcastle are newly promoted and therefore will struggle in the Premier League – yet another reason for fans to be just a little bit despondent.
What they didn’t mention was that unlike the other promoted clubs – Brighton and Huddersfield – Newcastle are a little bit different.
We have been in the Premier League since 1993 for every season except two – and when we were relegated twice (in 2009 and 2016) we came straight back up as Champions of the second division the very next season.
Not your usual promoted club by any means.
Rafa Benitez – on the sideline on Sunday at Southampton
And they also seemed to forget we had a manager called Rafa Benitez in place.
So fast forward two months and Newcastle (and Rafa) are now starting to get some kudos from the pundits.
Rafa has had two months coaching the Newcastle team and we now look good and are 9th top of the table.
Kevin Kilbane was glowing in his praise of Newcastle United on BBC’s Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night.
This is what Kevin Kilbane had to say:
“It was glorious play at times from Newcastle.” “I thought Fraser Forster had a poor game and was at fault for both goals but take nothing away from Newcastle.”
“From the structure of their side, I thought they were excellent.” “I think the orchestrator was Jonjo Shelvey.”
“They are showing belief in the manager, they have got belief from last season, and now they have got some structure.
“Real positives if you are a Newcastle fan.”
And apart from doing well the news is that Mike Ashley seems to want to sell Newcastle United at the third time of trying.
We hope he is really serious about that.
If we can get a new ambitious owner in by the end of the year – we will be in nirvana.
All will be good – make that great – for Newcastle fans.
It will be about time too!