The away game at Norwich is a must win for Newcastle United, a win that must be in sync with a Sunderland defeat…

In football you seem to have one foot in the past, one foot in the future and your mind in the now. I’m up at three in the morning writing this, just in time to watch the Premier Years – 2012/13, Debuchy, Taylor, M’biwa, Jonas – just got beat 3-0 against Di Canio’s knees and Ferguson is now picking up the trophy.

What a load of memories that prove things change…and also how things may repeat themselves. Back in 2012/13, Reading and QPR had very similar points totals as NUFC do now and did not get out of relegation trouble. Newcastle skirted around with Wigan for that third relegation spot, and survived, so another season wasted.

At that time we were looking down, but this time we are in the depths that might sink us and looking up. Today I see that Marveaux and Obertan are ready to fight for Rafa, I wonder if Thauvin and Cabella are Rafa players as well?

I think that like my previous ramblings I need clarity on a lot of Newcastle issues, here goes:

The future of the club after relegation? Knowing that Mike is stuck with us!

Are Newcastle United an attacking team under Rafa, or is it only after a goal goes in?

Is Papiss Cisse a first team player?

Is Doumbia in the plan?

Should we play 3-5-2 as it would suit our injury crisis?

Ayoze Perez and Mitro, are they the future or future sales?

Why do we talk about Janmaat like he’s already sold?

Can anyone drop Sissoko?

Should Gini be played only at home for the remainder of the season?

Is Krul back soon?

Can Obertan be a dangerous weapon or just dangerous?

Why is the first XI so obvious?

For a black and white future I really do hope that we stay up and Rafa really starts his work, so that  the hangover from Pardew can be cleared and I do hope McClaren’s hiccups are already cured.