Newcastle fans have had enough.
This Championship lark is ok when you are winning but a defeat just reminds everybody that there can be consequences if the team don’t complete the job.
The defeat to Fulham summed it up, yes it was a bad one and Newcastle were second best in every way, but if we had been clear of the pack then I think it would have been largely laughed off.
Instead, the first league loss in 12, since 2 January, saw many Newcastle fans going overboard about the result.
Brighton going level and Huddersfield six points behind but with a game in hand, a stark reminder that returning to the Premier League isn’t nailed on, yet.
The bottom line is that the Championship would be a disaster zone if we are still here next season.
Newcastle fans saw it as simply an adventure but if it lasts more than nine months it will be anything but.
Going up easily as champions in both 1993 and 2010 means that we have to go back 25 years and more for a second tier season where it wasn’t a laugh.
Rafa Benitez is the man with the plan and I’m more than happy to have him as Newcastle Manager and have every faith that he will finish off the job BUT….
I wouldn’t fancy watching the football again that we have seen this season, not in the Championship anyway.
Sitting back against a number of teams is a fact of life in the Premier League unless you are back up near the top but watching it against a lot of average second tier oppositions isn’t what you want to see.
It is a means to an end though and I fully support that…but there has to be the end bit.
I think the mood has definitely changed now as Newcastle fans just desperately want us to get over that finishing line as soon as possible, so we can relax and start worrying about the Premier League!
That will have its own set of challenges and of course concerns surrounding whether Mike Ashley will then try to force Rafa out, having done the job of getting Newcastle up.
Still, better to look forward to that kind of issue, than another 46 stretch in this division.
It isn’t that in any way I think we as a club or a set of fans are too good for the Championship, just that it is all very well paying a visit here but I don’t want to take up permanent residence.
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