Here's to a happier new year in Toonland!
Another year, another 12 months of broken dreams and another topsy turvy ride on the black and white rollercoaster - 2008 even by Newcastle United's sky high dramatic standards has been another white knuckle ride in Toonland.
For genuine Geordie folk they could not have experienced much more raw emotion if they tried.
It all started with the beginning of the end for Sam Allardyce when he somehow avoided defeat with his ProZone tactics at Stoke in the cup before Kevin Keegan's sensational third coming that started with tears of joy and ended with tears of despair and then Joe Kinnear emerged from football's wilderness to take the wheel of what looked like a sinking ship - yes it's been that type of year.
Allardyce seemed to be a dead man walking shortly after results started to go against him at the end of last year, winning was one thing but without doing it in the style the Geordie nation demand Big Sam was always in a dodgy position in the Toon hotseat.
And so it proved after Stoke came close to an FA Cup shock in their own backyard.
By the time the replay arrived Big Sam had gone and after 10 days of speculation over who would take over, fans sweated when Harry Redknapp's name was bandied about before the return of the Messiah had fans dancing in the street.
For two weeks at least it seemed that the Toon owner had given fans what they'd been crying out for for years.
Keegan was back for unfinished business, he and Terry Mac posed for pictures on the pitch but all was not as it seemed.
KK spoke of being backed by funds but with time running out in the transfer window and clubs asking a fortune, there was to be no quick-fix.
Fans donned paper King Kev hats and masks but after a 0-0 draw with Bolton to start, the opening game of the third coming was a massive anti-climax.
Then soon after Keegan's shock comeback Dennis Wise was appointed in a "director of football role" which left fans feeling somewhat uneasy.
So no win in the first game and fast forward eight games later and United finally won their first game under KK against Fulham, relegation was haunting the Magpies.
Significantly Keegan sprayed cold water in the air after the 2-0 win over his old club - this stint in charge would not be champagne soaked like the last time.
Eventually Keegan addressed the slump in form in the only way he knew how, to attack.
And after a 4-1 win away to Spurs in which the Londoners were demolished in superb fashion, it looked like the Entertainers were back.
Wins over Reading and Sunderland on a day when Michael Owen bagged two gave fans every reason to believe that KK with full backing from Ashley could take their side back to the promised land.
But they soon came crashing back down to earth when Chelsea beat United 2-0 at St James's Park and after the game KK claimed that getting to the top four would be mission impossible without full backing.
The season fizzled out at Everton with a 3-1 defeat and prompted a summer of confusion.
Who would be buying the players?
The answer it seemed wasn't Keegan but the Toon manager boxed on and after signings such as Jonas, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Guthrie it appeared that perhaps the system could work after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and a 1-0 win at home to Bolton.
Yet the cracks began to show at Arsenal as rumours of unrest between KK and his board coincided with a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates.
Fans protested in anger but by September 4, he had resigned from his post via a statement from the LMA.
Eight days later KK and Ashley tried to patch up their differences on the eve of the Hull City game but it failed to spark a mass protest with fans wanting the "Cockney Mafia Out."
That resulted in Ashley putting the club up for sale and takeover talk from the US to the Far East and beyond becoming part of the Toon soap opera.
Caretaker boss Chris Hughton could not prevent the team sliding to the wrong end of the table and just when fans thought it couldn't get any more unpredictable, Joe Kinnear was appointed as interim boss.
Alan Shearer stated on Match of the Day that he would not have guessed Kinnear would be appointed even with the aid of 500 guesses.
But nevertheless 52 swear words later in a brutal meeting with the national Press, Kinnear quickly showed who was in charge.
With just four points on the board, Kinnear's presence has resulted in Newcastle climbing gradually away from danger and the relegation zone but with the close nature of the Premier League this season, nobody can safely banish the dreaded R word until the golden 40 point mark is acheived.
The 5-1 loss to Liverpool to sign out showed that new signings are needed but amidst a desperate financial climate where clubs will demand top dollar for players in January there can be no promises that United can add the five quality players they need to their squad in order to achieve a respectable Premier League finish.
And with Newcastle finishing the calendar year as the club's rock bottom side in the Premier League, Kinnear must continue the upturn in fortunes since KK's stunning departure.
So here's to 2009, surely it must be better than 2008?