The defining moment approaches
In the build-up to Newcastle United's conclusion to a season that has so far been the ultimate nightmare for Toon fans everywhere, some observers have suggested a nail biting day awaits on Sunday at Villa for anybody connected to a club steeped in tradition but haunted by spectacular failure.
Well, sorry, but for some there are no nails left the majority of Toon fans moved on to toe nails weeks ago before starting to climb the walls with anxiety.
Sunday can't really come quick enough and by 6pm we will see exactly how much lasting damage some catastrophic decision making throughout a season of trauma will make.
Even a win might not be enough for Newcastle United against a Villa side that have suffered in the second part of the season.
But if failure for them is finishing sixth, just how do you sum up the possible outcome of Newcastle's season if the worst case scenario unfolds before our very eyes tomorrow?
One thing is for certain, if Newcastle are relegated at Villa Park then it's not down to what happens at Villa Park.
No, it will be other games that got away, think back to Stoke City at home (2-0 up ended 2-2), Wigan (2-1 late on to 2-2) and Manchester City (2-1 late on to 2-2), there are six points already that would have meant Newcastle could lose 9-0 at Villa tomorrow and be OK.
There are poor refereeing decisions to boot, but every team in the league has suffered those this season, no every team in the land.
But the management situation has been serious.
People feared that Kevin Keegan doesn't take much to upset and ultimately it doesn't take much before he cries off - it's his or way or no way.
And while I'd take his way everytime, it was only a matter of time before little Dennis peeved him off.
Getting Dennis Wise was a mistake that stems from sheer naivety.
With hindsight Mike Ashley would might have been OK if he'd put his hands up booted out Wise back in September and KK meeting him on the eve of the Hull game handed him every chance to do it.
Chris Hughton was never cut out to manage this club either side of Joe Kinnear regardless or not whether he is a top coach (so say the players) or the fact that compared to some ego driven loonies in football, he is the perfect gent.
And as for good old Joe, well nobody can't say he didn't give it all he had can they?
I mean, trying to succeed almost killed him.
Kinnear was another wild choice by Ashley and another decision he will look upon with regret.
To bring in somebody to salvage the situation was writing off the season in September anyway was it not?
Alan Shearer arrived too late in the day for many of us.
However, if he does he deserves all the credit he gets.
It's expected he will be put in place shortly after the season ends depending on the package that Ashley can put together for him, while there are also rumours of a consortium, but we've heard plenty of those down the years.
If Newcastle go down and Shearer doesn't stay then you have to fear for the club.
But while there are still 90 minutes to save it, you have to keep to the faith.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?