If anybody asked you what will be happening at Newcastle United in 12 months time, what could you say?
You could honestly say that the extremes would be as far apart as fighting it out on the edges of the (Premier League) top six and being around about where Sunderland currently find themselves.
In the days of colour TV, Newcastle United has always been a club capable of self-destructing, but never more so than under Mike Ashley’s ownership.
If he did manage to take Newcastle down this time, it would be three relegations in nine Premier League seasons under Ashley, something which even Sky Sports would find it difficult to explain away…
The current positives at the club can be summed up by Rafa Benitez and fifty thousand match-going fans.
There isn’t anything else really, apart from St James Park.
Which is only really an asset when you have the fans to fill it.
Ironically, the two positives at NUFC are inextricably linked.
Rafa Benitez is still here because fifty thousand Newcastle fans want to spend time and money showing their support for him.
Fifty thousand Newcastle supporters still fill St James Park because Rafa Benitez believes in them.
The spell would be broken if either Rafa or the fans called time on Newcastle United, it would be a little bit like the Wizard of Oz.
The fantasy peeled away and showing that there was little of substance behind it.
Both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans have a picture in their heads as to what could potentially happen at St James Park but first the headache of Mike Ashley needs to be removed.
Just imagine in 12 months time a Newcastle United with fifty thousand fans and Rafa Benitez but Mike Ashley nowhere to be seen.
You have to think that the club will go in one direction or the other in the next year and lets really really hope it is the right direction for once.