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It is all taking just a little bit of getting used to…

5 years ago

I have always been a big supporter of Rafa Benitez but remain very sceptical about Mike Ashley.

I am now entering a phase of my toon life where I have to go back twenty years to identify with anything similar…that’s a hell of a long time and consequently it all feels a bit strange in a pleasant kind of way.

Whenever situations arise now on or off the pitch, I am not getting my (previous) normal fully fledged ‘oh well it was nice while it lasted’ mode and descent into pessimism, in the hope it will temper the pain.

So whether it be possible betrayal on transfer policy, or another dodgy home defeat, Rafa Benitez quietly reassures me.

Either by speaking up in a press conference, or getting the team to immediately go on a run, or simply not responding to the latest nonsense from the club’s official media partner .

Such is the bond with the man, if we did not get promotion, he would retain my absolute support.

As at last I have a man managing the club that I trust – it’s just taking a while to accept the situation as that unwavering support previously has had no value .

If you think all of this is childish and hero worship, with a more realistic view that should be taken, you are on the wrong bloody website .

In Rafa we trust.

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