This is the dream scenario, really. We pull off a managerial acquisition somehow, despite the turmoil and shambles ongoing on Barrack Road, that is way out of our league. Someone who knows how to get the best out of players: Rafa Benitez, Roberto di Matteo. Again though – are they going to get on with Ashley? Probably not.
It was a rainy night in October 1997 when I first developed a taste for self-punishment. When the new football season had started I’d begged my dad to take me along to the match (he was a season ticket holder) because a few of my mates at school had been and the Premier League sticker collection was second only to actually going to a match.