WHETHER Newcastle United can stop the rot at Blackburn Rovers remains to be seen but in another difficult week for the Toon Army nobody on Tyneside can deny there is somewhat of a sinking feeling doing the rounds at the moment.
Going out the FA Cup was a sickener against Hull reserves and the next few games doesn't fill people with much confidence either.
The need for new signings has been made clear this week but Joe Kinnear and everybody knew well before Newcastle dropped points against West Ham that Dennis Wise was pulling the strings in the transfer hotseat.
Everybody was also well aware of what the upcoming fixture list had in store and just how difficult the next few games would be, being a native in the heart of working class Tyneside you don't need to walk more than a couple of metres to be reminded of that.
And so we march down the hill to Ewood Park in the hope of moving upwards against Blackburn with almost everybody anticipating an uphill task against Sam Allardyce's men.
Big Sam will be desperate to get one over the Mags tomorrow after he was shown the door at St James's Park just over 12 months ago.
Most Newcastle fans at the time agreed that it was probably for the best but there are handfuls who felt that at least Big Sam had a plan - which is more than what it looks like United have at the moment.
For sure, Newcastle's problem now is that they are a little reluctant to stump up the cash for new signings during the January transfer window because they don't want to be ripped off.
That is a pretty sensible idea but the reason they are in the position now was a problem that was almost invited.
In fact it was a written invitation the moment that they appointed Dennis Wise as transfer chief because Kevin Keegan being his own man was never going to be right man to work alongside him - it was a no brainer to some extent even though it is thought that KK's main problems weren't with Wise.
Had they appointed Wise first though, I'm sure Keegan would never have agreed to come back for a third coming.
But in my own personal opinion the reason he went with it to start with was down to confidence in his own ability and he felt that he could get the results that would give him the power to pick and choose his own players last summer.
The fact that the transfer window closed in January 2008 meant the problem between KK and Wise and Co disappeared for a while.
Yet it soon returned the minute it opened for business in the summer as KK and the board's views on transfers clashed before the St James's Park came crumbling down when the popular ex-boss left Toon.
It was a mess then and a mess now, a mess that Shay Given, Charles N'Zogbia and Michael Owen have arguably hinted they no longer wish to be part of - in some ways that's a good thing, they could easily sign on the dotted line and pick up their money.
But the fact that they want to win things and don't see that happening here says a lot at the moment - it sends a clear signal ringing from the Toon camp.
KK's exit left Joe Kinnear - the only man who wanted the job - to work with another manager/director of football's players, so perhaps giving JK too much stick is harsh.
His job has been to motivate the players and work with Wise over new signings, almost a thankless task and he's done that so far.
That doesn't mean me as a fan is accepting less.
With the resources at Newcastle, the potential to play in the Champions League is there for anybody who comes in with a well thought out plan, money and a manager who will be given at least three years to get that right - trust your manager, Man United have done it for the last three decades and shown the world how much success you can get from it.
Instead we are talking about that sinking feeling if Newcastle lose to Blackburn before facing Manchester City and the prospect of Kaka and Co at Eastlands.
It's hardly pleasant and while the FA Cup exit against Hull was down to bad finishing more than anything else, the nervous atmosphere around the club also played a huge part in some of those misses in front of goal.
Of course the Toon Army will be right behind their team at Ewood again but all of them are wondering just what next in what has already been a nightmare season.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?