Flip flops and towels at the ready?
Newcastle United players will return to their Benton HQ this week - but they will be walking back into a different environment to the one they left back in May under the guidance of Alan Shearer.
In my humble opinion, the training ground was transformed last season from a millionaires health club to an army boot camp within a week from April 1 when Big Al was appointed as boss in our last gasp bid to avoid the drop.
That wasn't Chris Hughton's fault as he was brought in amidst an emergency situation to look after other people's players but he now has another big job on his hands.
For Mike Ashley bringing Shearer in was the last desperate act from a desperate man as things started to crumble at St James's Park due to a string of decisions, which have almost killed us as a club.
Make no mistake, Chris Hughton is one of the most likeable blokes in football and in a sport that is often dominated by people on ego trips, the Londoner is different because he is a total gentleman.
However, one thing he's not, again in my opinion, is management material.
And when Hughton took training last season for long periods and Joe Kinnear watched on, the training ground did for me represent a bit of a joke and not a very funny one at that.
Indeed, watching players like Cacapa wander in with flip flops and towels at the ready for another long session on the treatment table was enough to make my blood boil, especially with the position Newcastle United found themselves in.
It was well documented at the time that Big Al introduced a system in which players were punished for being late and the treatment room quickly emptied when players were told they would have to stay in their until teatime rather than knock off just after lunch.
The reserve team also changed with first team members being told they had to play rather than a bunch of kids.
It's understood that Xisco didn't fancy the idea of playing in places like Warrington, Widnes or North Ferriby under Kinnear but that also changed when Shearer was appointed.
Yes, Newcastle's bid to beat the drop ultimately failed under Shearer but with just eight games to go it was always going to be tough.
For me we went down by virtue of one goal but it's safe to say that if Shearer had not have been appointed, we'd have been down much earlier than the final day, well it is in light of just what Newcastle's training ground had turned into.
Again Hughton is regarded as an excellent coach and the players clearly enjoy working under him.
But are they scared of him?
Does he send the fear of God into the players?
Certainly Shearer did.
For example one of Shearer's managerial successes was to get Mark Viduka on the pitch and playing in the way we all know he can when he can be bothered.
He collared Viduka and asked him if he was up for the battle and if he wasn't to pack his bags and leave early.
It worked to an extent, Viduka was one of the better players during the run-in and what if that "goal" against Fulham had stood?
Football is a game about emotion, passion and most importantly controlled aggression.
But I just can't imagine Hughton picking a teapot up and smashing it off the wall if he felt he wasn't getting his point across.
My memory takes me back to an incident not long after Christmas when the winter sun was blinding.
As I walked to an interview room I heard a bellowing voice.
"Oi I wanna word with you", he said.
As I tried to look up I couldn't see exactly who it was but soon as his frame blocked out the sunlight it was Alan Smith.
"Why you been writing **** in the paper about me having an effin setback!"
I promptly replied, that not only was the article not written by me but it was in a different paper all together.
Smith then exploded into another rant about why journalists couldn't check things with the club.
I didn't mind Smith's honesty one little bit, I didn't mind him kicking off - it was refreshing to see he gave a **** and he instantly went up in my estimation in five minutes flat.
I replied we were often kept in the dark about injuries with physios often touchy about the subject for obvious reasons.
A few minutes later Smith calmed down but rather than hauling his player away from a sticky situation, Hughton watched on and let the situation peter out.
Whether other managers would have done the same is a good question.
The point Smith also made was that everybody should have been "together" back then, but what was clear was that there were split camps in that dressing room and cliques.
A professional has pointed out to me on several occasions that a team that drinks together, wins together.
But that clearly isn't the case in Newcastle, team spirit didn't exist.
So where am I going with this.
Well basically, if you needed me to point out that Newcastle weren't already in deep trouble, I'm doing it now.
Under the supervision of Hughton and Colin Calderwood, things don't look good.
I could actually understand it more if Calderwood was handed the job as boss until Ashley sells the club.
I'm not saying he would be a success but he is a manager and Hughton is pigeon holed as a coach.
There aren't too many options at Newcastle but even Richard Money would be a better bet than a confusing system like the Hughton/Calderwood system, which yielded just one win in 10 games last season.
Money actually does scare some of the reserve team players - he might just be a better bet if Ashley is going to continue to dig his heels in on Shearer.
Many will say that Shearer also won once last season.
But after witnessing the transformation of the training ground in just a few days last season, the scary prospect of going back to of this bling boys millionaires health club, it has to be said Newcastle fans are on course for more pain, more grief and more agony.