So many emotions when Newcastle United eventually confirmed that Rafa Benitez had been given the right answers by Mike Ashley and was staying for the trip into the Championship.
As well as relief, hope, excitement and amazement, there was also amusement.
It was so predictable that our enemies in the media and fans of certain rival clubs would be lining up to say:
‘Typical deluded Geordies, just because Rafa Benitez is staying they all think they are going to win the Champions League, World Cup…and he’s not even that good anyway’.
Maybe other sets of fans feel the same but surely Newcastle supporters deserve the title of being the fanbase who are stereotyped more than any other, via the extremes of a very small minority.
Yes there will be somebody somewhere who at this very minute is wearing a black and white sombrero and eating paella for his breakfast, talking to an empty room and telling it that Rafa Benitez is the new messiah and simply his very presence guarantees NUFC are now going to be HUGE.
Most of us see Rafa Benitez’ decision being equally as important but with a little bit more depth.
Rafa having proved that he is a talented experienced manager is of course the most important factor, bar none. However, that fact would be all but immaterial if it wasn’t for everything else that he brings to the party.
The reason(s) why Newcastle fans are beside themselves with this sudden optimism is because his decision to stay tells us a number of other things.
No more Graham Carr picking the signings, Rafa Benitez has the final say.
No more Head Coach nonsense, the Manager is the main man inside the club.
No more strict age-restricted rules of who can and can’t be signed.
No more deluded transfers where the main inspiration is trying to buy inexperienced players from abroad who might one day be worth more money.
No more ridiculous press conferences where the manager/head coach spreads lies and misinformation to deflect criticism away from the club’s owner.
No more denial of just what a mess the club is really in – problems to be met head on and tackled.
A properly structured plan with budgets agreed for Rafa Benitez to spend in the upcoming transfer windows.
Rafa Benitez deciding to stay has delivered all of the above and that is why we are all very happy, though it is of course a big added bonus that the new boss comes over as a genuinely nice bloke as well – as opposed to the trio of charlatans that we were all subjected to before him.
Sorry to disappoint those who enjoy our misfortune over the course of these years under Mike Ashley but as Newcastle fans, we don’t believe that anything is now guaranteed.
What we have is hope, hope that at long last the football club is going to be run along proper lines by Rafa Benitez and that this has only come about because even Mike Ashley could see he had been left with no choice – certain disaster awaited if he didn’t agree to Rafa’s demands.
It is like a massive collective weight has been lifted from our shoulders, we can all be allowed once again to enjoy supporting Newcastle United and that the football club will be at last given a shot at realising its potential.
That is all we ever wanted and it certainly feels good.