Newcastle fans are making headlines.
The story goes that after winning three games in a row, we all think that Rafa is going to lead us to Premier League, Champions League, World Cup, glory.
This is of course rubbish.
Newcastle fans believe that winning three matches means it is a bit more likely that we can win the next one but that is about as far as it goes.
Of course it is fair comment to say Newcastle supporters are guilty of becoming very enthusiastic when given encouragement – but isn’t that something that should be seen as admirable, rather than a stick to beat a fanbase with?
This era sees Arsenal fans sitting back and moaning because it is only four months since they last won a trophy and it being the first time in 20 years they aren’t playing in the Champions League, so is it not a good thing when you see fans of another club being full of it when their team/manager puts together a few victories?
Back with the deluded Newcastle fans and there looks to be two main routes whereby the criticism comes along.
Winning these games against West Ham, Swansea and Stoke has been a massive relief and enjoyable, the team proving themselves almost certainly better than most pundits and indeed Newcastle fans believed to be the case.
The fact that other results then led to the win over Stoke taking Newcastle into fourth place, then added a bug extra element to the conversations amongst fans.
Yes, a lot of stuff mentioning Champions League and dusting off the passports etc BUT it is all tongue in cheek.
Just to make that clear to journalists and those who support other clubs, we don’t think Newcastle are going to be in the top four in May BUT we do like having a laugh about it.
Sarcasm, irony, whatever, we are joking, not believing it.
So any talk of trips to Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan is just for our amusement, not to be taken as FACT that Newcastle fans think the glory days are back.
Another favoured way of sticking the knife in for journalists and supporters elsewhere, is the route whereby you see, or go and find, the one halfwit Newcastle fan who does actually believe there will be black and white ribbons on the Premier League trophy in May, then use that as proof that this is how all Newcastle supporters think.
We are all guilty of it, using the extremes of other fanbases as a way to stereotype the rest of them.
The likes of Twitter have been a godsend for your modern football journalist, using one dodgy comment on social media as the basis of a whole article, repeating the lies/twisted coverage that has gone before.
Sadly it has become a storyline that sells, journalist/media knowing that an article having a go at Geordies for their latest delusion will get the clicks/sales.
When your team hasn’t won a domestic trophy for over 60 years, you have to wonder how anybody could honestly believe that Newcastle fans think anything silver is just around the corner, rather than the simple reality of just a little bit of optimism fuelled mainly by the presence of Rafa Benitez.