Difficult to imagine that when Alan Pardew walked out on Newcastle United, that Mike Ashley would find two people who were far less suitable for the job.
Pardew’s decision to jump ship for Crystal Palace led Newcastle fans to dream of a new dawn, instead any remaining lights were extinguished as John Carver and then Steve McClaren did their worst.
Maybe hard to believe now but it was less than 15 months between Alan Pardew leaving and Rafa Benitez being appointed, it certainly felt much longer at the time.
In 47 Premier League matches, dumb and dumber only won nine between them, before Ashley finally accepted the inevitable.
Rafa Benitez was handed the keys and since March, the Spaniard has averaged 1.96 points per league match over 27 Premier League and Championship games, only three other clubs across the top four divisions bettering that average for results in 2016.
So far this season, every away ticket has been gobbled up and St James Park has averaged over 50,000 in the Championship, with half season ticket sales kicking in after Christmas that figure will be guaranteed for the rest of this second tier season.
As always we wonder what could be possible for Newcastle United?
How successful could the club be if given the chance and everything clicked under the right manager…?
How many fans would want to buy tickets and watch Newcastle in an era of success and winning things?
How much extra cash could the club generate if both success on the pitch and on the terraces was optimised?
Stadium, Manager and Fans have all been ticked off and whilst it is still early days, Rafa Benitez is showing every sign that he could be the man to build the fourth corner and square things off on the playing side.