Rafa Benitez rode into Toon on Friday afternoon.

Everything crossed that the change has been made in time to avert disaster.

Friday morning saw the services of Steve McClaren dispensed with after a ‘difficult’ week of excruciating speculation.

Happily though, the week ended on a positive note, with Rafa Benitez appointed and provoking a four letter word from us all – HOPE.

Another positive saw the club decide to make the first ever interview with Rafa Benitez, after signing his contract, available free to watch – rather than on the paid for section of their website.

Enjoy the interview below:

Read what Alan Shearer’s had to say about the appointment HERE)