Geordie nation must forget turmoil for 90 minutes or another dream will die
Winning silverware probably sounds like a sick joke to Toon fans at the moment but going into the Carling Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur it's clear that for 90 minutes Newcastle United's players and fans must come together as one just to get a sniff of making it into the hat for the next round.
Yes, all connected with United have no option but to put unrest, uncertainty and downright anger to one side and make sure the Mags are in the hat for the next round of the Carling Cup as Tottenham Hotspur arrive on Tyneside for round three.
Not that any of that will be easy following weeks of turmoil that has left team morale at rock bottom.
And while time is supposed to be a great healer, there is every chance that such a monumental test of character has arrived too early.
Takeover talk continues to dominate a city that is still shell-shocked from Kevin Keegan's departure earlier this month.
But whether it's Nigerians, Arabs or a local consortium being tipped to take over, none of it will really matter to most natives until a deal is done and dusted.
Yet in terms of the future and looking on the positive side, whoever does come and whoever they do appoint as manager whether it be Kevin Keegan or not - staying in the Carling Cup is crucial to Newcastle United.
For years, the trophy has been deemed as the most realistic chance of silverware for the Magpies.
It's also the quickest route into Europe and the only way to rid United of their impending 40 year trophy drought.
And while that may sound like jumping the gun, the cold truth is that United fans won't be able to even dream about it unless Tottenham are dumped out of the trophy they won earlier this year in the third round stage.
For 90 minutes, fans and players simply must stay UNITED.