Newcastle United back in the Championship.

Only seven years since the last time we were relegated but at least we are on target to go straight back up, just like in 2010.

Obviously, there aren’t any real positives about getting relegated anyway, unless you count Mike Ashley having to accept he needed a proper manager to get us back up.

Once you are here though (in the Championship) the reality is very depressing.

Yes, this season can be pleased with unbelievable crowds (if not atmosphere) at St James Park and the fact promotion looks very very likely but it is to a backdrop of constant underlying stress.

The biggest problem is that every point lost is seen as a massive negative.

It must be a bit like being an Arsenal or Chelsea fan, where victories are just something to be ticked off your checklist, rather than something to be really enjoyed and embraced.

The points are all that counts, promotion the only possible aim.

Actually enjoying any matches is really difficult, the all-encompassing thing is getting the points that will mean we don’t have to spend another season in this second tier.

It is not arrogance, just common sense.

When you are in the Premier League, every win is enjoyed and you look at the possibilities it might give you.

In the days leading up to the match you think about the players/characters you will face, the past rivalries, where you are in the table to them, and discuss with your mates and work colleagues how it is going to go.

In the Championship, we know hardly any of the players and most of the clubs we have played at best intermittently, it is all meaningless.

Does it really matter if it is Rotherham, Barnsley, Preston or Bristol City we are up against this time?

It doesn’t mean we will automatically win against any of them, it is just meaningless apart from three points towards hopefully promotion.

I just feel in limbo and I am counting on Rafa Benitez and his players to ensure that it is only a 12 months stay.

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