When it comes to the 20 current Premier League clubs, where do Newcastle United fit in.
We may think about where we did fit in under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
You can also daydream about where an ambition new owner could position us with the assistance of Rafa Benitez and the supporters.
However, where is the reality at this moment in time?
Cardiff City have put tickets on sale to fans for the first home game of the season, against Newcastle United.
At the same time they have revealed in which category they have put each of the 19 Premier League clubs when it comes to what they will charge.
They have three categories and they charge the following in each:
Category A – Adult prices go from £29 up to £42
Category B – Adult prices go from £27 up to £40
Category C – Adult prices go from £25 up to £38
No sign of tickets going on sale yet to Newcastle fans for the Cardiff match on Saturday August but when they do, they will be no more than £30 due to the PL clubs’ agreement on charging no away fan more than £30.
As for which team Cardiff have put in which category, this is the breakdown:
The six in category A are predictable and of course this is where Newcastle would have automatically been placed when Keegan and Sir Bobby were at St James Park.
At the moment we are amongst the also-rans in terms of outside appeal, stuck somewhere between that top half dozen and bottom half dozen. This of course doesn’t suggest a direct correlation with what will happen on the pitch, especially when the likes of Fulham, Brighton and Huddersfield are spending so much more money than Newcastle United so far.
Looking at that middle grouping of seven clubs I would still like to think that we are seen as a more attractive draw than the other six but with Mike Ashley’s shackles you do have to wonder/be realistic. This is the same with our appeal to potential signings, the longer NUFC show no ambition, why would the club appeal to players who have no previous ties to Newcastle?
In terms of potential I would still say we have more than those other six in the middle group, Newcastle United are the one who over a period of time could force themselves back into that top grouping.
However, once again you have to accept this Ashley reality, if he won’t even properly support a manager like Rafa Benitez, it is simply fantasy to think we could progress at this moment in time.
Everton have spent some £260m these past two years and West Ham have shelled out over £84m in net spending so far this summer. Ironically, most Newcastle fans don’t even expect that net spending by the Hammers to be matched, they just want to see decent ambition to be shown and Rafa Benitez backed to bring in at least two or three modern day style priced signings.
I think the bottom line at the moment is that when fans of other clubs talk about Newcastle United, it will usually be about Rafa Benitez and/or the Newcastle fans (whether it is good or bad), rarely will it be about our players/team. That is the current reality of where we are at.