Football fans everywhere are looking forward to the new season.
Wondering if this time it could be their year?
After all, if you can’t daydream in pre-season about your team finding that elusive success, when can You?
Which brings us to Newcastle United.
The World Cup now just a very pleasant memory, instead it is 18 days until transfer deadline day and less than three weeks until the Premier League kicks off.
Instead of debating about ‘all’ of the ins and outs this summer, Newcastle fans are yet again forced into protests.
The latest supporter initiative is rallying under the banner of #IfRafaGoesWeGo.
Whatever the success or otherwise of this worthy effort, Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle United would be a disaster.
You could just lengthen that hashtag and say #IfRafaGoesWeGo …. AndYouMightAsWellLockTheDoorsAndThrowAwayTheKeys
For some people it is seemingly easy to forget just how soul-destroying it was for those five and a half years before Rafa arrived.
Yes we still had Mike Ashley as owner and as subsequent events have proved, he has no intention of changing and running the club along proper/normal lines.
BUT with Rafa Benitez, we at last had somebody for both players and fans to rally around, somebody who takes a pride in their job and does things the right way.
Heaped on top of everything else Ashley brings to the party, it was just sheer embarrassment those five+ years when Pardew, Carver and McClaren were ‘in charge’ at the club.
People willing to say and do anything the owner told them to do because they were so desperate to have a job that they should never have got in the first place.
As stated at the start, this is the time of year when all fans, of any club, should at least have hope of better to come.
At Newcastle United I don’t think any of us are feeling that way about the new season BUT just so long as Rafa Benitez is still here, things at some point may go on the upturn.
Difficult to ever see this happening with the current owner, so it may well all depend on whether Rafa Benitez can outlast Mike Ashley at St James Park.
It is very much a longshot but it is the only one we have got, give this new #IfRafaGoesWeGo initiative some time and support, every journey starts with a single step.