Newcastle fans need to take a deep breath…
The next eight weeks will see:
The World Cup finals completed
Complete NUFC pre-season preparations
Newcastle United training camp in Ireland
5 pre-season friendlies
Remaining 33 days of the summer transfer window
Playing in the second round of the League Cup
First four Premier League matches of the season
Plus of course lots more incoming transfers….
These next two months (eight weeks) will also include Newcastle United live on TV four times (five if the League Cup game is selected).
Yes, the club that no longer means anything and nobody cares about, has been selected to be on live TV in each of the four opening matches.
Put it another way, England will play again after their World Cup (winning…?) campaign before Newcastle United play on a date they were due to play, when the fixtures originally came out on 14 June.
There is a fascination with Newcastle United that is widespread, pretty much everywhere but in the residence of a certain M W Ashley.
Rafa Benitez and his squad have met up once again this past week and the sun is shining.
What could possibly go wrong?
For many of us, we simply don’t want the sunshine or this World Cup to ever end.
Nevertheless, it will be back to reality on Saturday 11 August. A bit of a Groundhog Day moment as Newcastle United face Tottenham at St James Park.
The same fixture that kicked off last season but let us all hope that it doesn’t come at the end of such an unambitious transfer window this time, as it did in summer 2017.
Back then we were sold the story that austerity was necessary after a season of reflection in the Championship.
No such excuses this time, Rafa Benitez needs to be given the tools to do the job.