Newcastle United have 12 matches to save their season.
It sounds a little bit like a movie title.
The only question now is whether it will prove to be a triumph, a horror, a comedy, or simply a low-budget drama that was always destined to disappoint.
Other parallels with the film industry are easy to make, the owner of the studio hiring an award-winning Director but handing him a budget that only stretched to second-rate actors.
The Director then goes public that he needs more money if the right calibre of actor is to be attracted, so that the movie can have any realistic chance of success.
Instead of listening to the expert opinion of the talented Director he employed, the owner ignores the pleas for realistic funding and instead gets his people to launch a campaign in the film media to rubbish his own Director and lay the blame at his door in the event of the movie’s likely failure.
‘You couldn’t make it up’ is the working title of this blockbuster from the Mike Ashley Studio…
Maybe the biggest departure with Newcastle United, is that no matter what a mess the owner and his minions make of the club, it is always a box office hit when it comes to bums on seats.
What though lies ahead in the future if Ashley forces his Director/Manager out and leads the club into its third relegation in only nine Premier League seasons as the owner.
Newcastle fans aren’t going to change their viewing tastes to another genre, as obviously it is NUFC for life.
Everybody though eventually has their breaking point and this season, supporters are only putting up with the current farce (now 11 years in the making) because they have been offered hope of better in the future by the presence of Rafa Benitez.
When you have an Oscar-winning Director in charge, there is no chance of him being happy to keep on making straight to TV second-rate low-budget flops.
Rafa Benitez has a reputation to protect even if the owner has no idea what the word even means.
The Director hasn’t lost his touch, he just needs a new studio owner to give him the kind of quality cast that he can work with and mould into the level of finished product he is used to.
The viewing public aren’t expecting instant Oscars, just some entertainment and a drive to make Newcastle United the best it can possibly be.