An interview inside football's hottest oven
The weather was freezing outside St James's Park as I looked up at the monster that is the Milburn Stand on Barrack Road - but I was about to climb on to the top shelf of football's hottest oven - the Newcastle United boardroom.
We always knew that some people would not like some of the answers but we did what we vowed to do.
We transported a dossier of questions made up by Chronicle and Journal readers who were all given the chance to ask Derek Llambias exactly what the situation was.
Mike Ashley was not there but his board including managing director Llambias, financial controller John Irving and operations director David Williamson are all present.
And they were all ready to answer your questions.
Key points needed to be discussed but the biggest point of all had to be the thing that kicked off this mess in the first place.
First and foremost, why Kevin Keegan has gone, the board explain that because of legal reasons they can't go into it Keegangate at this moment in time.
Well the truth is, had they never appointed Dennis Wise in the first place there's a chance that this whole mess wouldn't have happened anyway!
But Wise is here to stay for now and that he is working well enough with Joe Kinnear according to the MD.
Many might question that statement from Llambias but to coin a phrase used several times by the Toon supremo: "That's where we are at the moment."
So with Wise staying, a lot of fans want to know where we are going and how and when we'll get there.
In the interests of fairness it should be pointed out that the only questions that Llambias did not answer were those that had legal implications with the KK court date to come.
Then came the five year plan that they hope will see "Newcastle challenging for everything in five years time."
Once again for many the jury will be out.
Staying up is obviously all that is left to play for this season.
But as debts are cleared from the previous regime, with Newcastle still paying for players signed by Glenn Roeder and having just paid off debts from players signed under Graeme Souness, it's fair to say that United are still very much rebuilding - or at least that is the message that is coming out of the four walls of St James's.
Those walls have been knocked down and are being rebuilt by Ashley and Co and it's clear they want a fresh start - only the fans will decide whether or not they are allowed to have one.
Apologies for the lack of communication during Keegangate were genuine enough and with money being reinvested at youth level, which was also in somewhat of a mess before Ashley came in according to the board, Newcastle fans could have great things to look forward to in the future.
But the rest will unfold over the next couple days.
Without a doubt we'll get stick for this - you can't please everybody that is impossible in any walk of life.
But for some the answers to the questions posed are there.
Already some have plunged the knife into the Journal and Chronicle - the only newspapers that have managed to get an interview with the club during this difficult time.
That is their choice - but what has been printed is the exact response from Llambias and what has been asked were all from the 800 questions which were sifted through and finalised by the Chronicle and Journal Sports Desks and the Chronicle and Journal editors long before the meeting took place.
Over the next few days fans will make their own conclusions on the situation.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?