East Enders' script is nothing compared to Toon soap opera
AND so the soap opera arrives in the East End to show them all how it's done properly.
We've had plenty of twists and turns when it comes to Newcastle United in the last two weeks but if we are to expect the unexpected once more would it be beyond the realms of fantasy for caretaker boss Chris Hughton to lead his bewildered troops to an unlikely win at his old club?
Well, if that is to be the case then certainly this week at the club's training ground it has been a case of facing facts and setting new goals.
Gone is the Keegan dream on Tyneside.
That has been replaced by talk that we are destined to become the next Leeds United and with ghosts from Elland Road past and present reportedly about to link up at St James's Park, morale in the pubs and clubs of Newcastle is far from good.
Yet the Geordie Nation will arrive at Upton Park just in time for the party that welcomes Gianfranco Zola to the Premier League.
Last week's home game with Hull City was proof of people power but the feeling after it left most fans gutted and fresh uncertainty about the future of the club was thrown into the mix.
Can Newcastle find a new owner? What if they can't? Will Mike Ashley get a new manager or just tread water? Where will that leave Newcastle? Are they really in danger of being the next Leeds?
All of it extremely worrying.
But looking at the now, there was a suggestion that Newcastle have nothing to lose ahead of their trip to Upton Park.
A game away from the raw, angry but understandable atmosphere at Gallowgate.
And despite trips to London usually churning up negative thoughts about the past for Toon fans, West Ham has been different in recent years under three different managers.
Michael Owen's hat-trick and Alan Shearer's 199th goal back in December 2005 on the day we said goodnight and god bless to the print edition of The Pink which was put to bed with a 4-2 win.
This was followed up by another good win in September 2006 when Glenn Roeder returned to stun his old club in a 2-0 win, with goals from Damien Duff and Oba Martins.
And just when it was looking like a home win for the Hammers last season as they stormed into a 2-0 lead,
goals from Martins and Geremi secured a 2-2 draw.
With psychological memories in good shape for most of Toon players they will also arrive amidst a party atmosphere, you could say Newcastle have a lot of things in their favour despite the usual haul of injuries.
The party will be in full swing for Gianfranco Zola by the time kick-off arrives but there is certainly a fear for home fans that those in the East End unconvinced by the little Italian's appointment will make their feelings known if the game isn't going there way.
Shay Given - who hasn't got nice memories of the Boleyn Ground after a painful bowel tear - will take his place between the posts at Upton Park for the first time since the Marlon Harewood incident.
The scenes that day will live with this writer forever as Given was stretchered past reporters in agony after collapsing in the dressing room following the horror clash which left his team-mates visibly upset and wiped away the gloss from the 2-0 win back in 2006.
Three points tomorrow though will be massive for Newcastle and would certainly bring back a bit of confidence following the traumatic events of the last couple of weeks.
Once again the Toon Army can only watch, and wait and hope.
HOW DO YOU THINK NEWCASTLE UNITED WILL DO AT WEST HAM?