Fair to say that ‘relaxed’ hasn’t exactly been the word you would associate with Newcastle fans this summer so far.

Five weeks without any new faces added to the squad, only Dubravka’s permanent deal confirmed.

No reassuring words from Rafa Benitez that everything will turn out alright, whilst the rumblings in the media are less about signings being imminent and more about Mike Ashley having allegedly blocked NUFC making any bids for players so far.

We weren’t even allowed to properly enjoy the release of the 2018/19 Premier League fixtures.

First of all Newcastle were handed the toughest possible start to the season and then within hours, fans heard that prices were going up in every season ticket category.

Some people seeing a rise of over 20% on what they paid last season, this at a time when the vast majority of other clubs have once again frozen their season ticket prices.

Just when we all needed a distraction, here comes the perfect one, the World Cup.

For all that the politics involved stink to high heaven, the football World Cup is such a glorious thing.

No other sport comes close to getting within touching distance of this coming together every four years.

Whilst the tournament was trailered as being possibly a tale of woe with potential trouble, clearly the Russian authorities appear intent on ensuring that this doesn’t happen on their home soil.

Lots of smiling faces, so much drama already and we are only a few days into it.

Like pretty much every other football game, you can find a reason for wanting one team to win or lose in every match.

With well over 100 of the players (including all 23 of the England squad) playing their football in England, we aren’t short of angles, even though Aleksandar Mitrovic is the only black and white representative.

Not sure what it says to be honest but when looking for players transfer-linked with Newcastle at any time in the recent past (year or so), there appears to be next to none of them at this World Cup.

Hopefully we are going under the radar…

So immerse yourself in this celebration of football and wonder whether the impoverished Iran team can build on their surprise win.

Plenty time to be stressing about Newcastle United once the football is over with.