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After being asked by somebody, who isn’t a Newcastle fan, whether I would take a guaranteed FA Cup final and place in the play-offs, or guaranteed promotion and our usual early FA Cup exit, I had to think about it.

I decided what I would prefer but wondered if I was one of the masses, or swimming against the tide?

Recent seasons had seen many supporters so disillusioned with how the club was ran and the lack of ambition, that taking a one-off chance of glory via the cups, was well worth any further harm it might do to the league position.

However, under Rafa Benitez has that mood really changed so much?

The votes are now counted:

75% Automatic promotion and out of the FA Cup

25% Play-offs and guaranteed FA Cup final

The mood amongst supporters clearly showing that this season just has one massive main agenda and there is belief that if getting back into the Premier League, we can look forward to the potential of really having a go under this Manager.

(***I would go with automatic promotion every time with Rafa in charge!)

 



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