Respite from the Comedy League is refreshing for Newcastle United fans
With Portsmouth heading for meltdown, Queens Park Rangers in total chaos and Crystal Palace crashing into administration and losing 10 points, Newcastle United are, incredibly, in danger of actually looking like a well an organised and stable club in comparison to our southern counterparts.
And all of this despite a season long campaign from Newcastle fans for Mike Ashley to leave Toon.
Chants for Ashley to go have not disappeared this season but this week it was interesting to see one of the Toon tycoon's fiercest critics, in fanzine True Faith, suggest that the United owner deserved credit for his performance in the January transfer window.
An extract from True Faith's editorial read: "It would be churlish not to offer some praise to Ashley for releasing the funds, no matter how limited, to Hughton to bring in the new recruits as well as retain all the players in the first team squad, we'd want to retain.
"Its pretty pointless at this point to go over the heavy terrain of Ashley's previous but suffice it to say of all the humiliation we have endured under his ownership, he remains the only director of Newcastle United FC who has EVER put his own money INTO the club."
Regardless of whether Ashley will be the long-term future of Newcastle, there still seems to be nobody that can put their money where their mouth is while the progress of NUST is still very much a case of watch this space.
Bidders in the summer, such as the Profitable Group and the arguably insane American group led by Geoff Sheard claimed that despite putting in bids at the asking price they were not allowed to proceed with the sale.
Newastle managing director Derek Llambias explained in his programme notes that nobody came up with the money.
Sheard's standing in football, after being associated with two failed bids for clubs in Sheff Wed and then United, shows the sort of interested contenders who are attracted to buying Newcastle.
And if they want to buy it on the cheap, then surely they don't have the funds to take Newcastle to where many feel they should be in English football.
In reality and in the same style as Ashley, if Newcastle are ever sold, any businessmen or tycoons who know what they are doing will surely buy first and talk later (or barely ever in Ashley's case) rather than attempt to hog the limelight and mislead fans.
With nobody seemingly interested in taking Newcastle off Ashley's hands, none of that eases any of the unhappiness within United's remaining fanbase.
The theory of a lot of Newcastle fans is that the Magpies should never have ended up in the Championship and even been in the position they're in to start with - and I agree entirely with that.
Newcastle have proved they can house a team in the Champions League and with the fanbase and resources we have mount a serious challenge to the top four or six and even a push at the title - that's not pie in the sky, it happened in 1994, 1995, 1996. 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Whoever runs the good ship Newcastle cannot lose sight of that.
And while it may well be a safe option even talk of getting promoted and then just surviving is a major turn off - I personally would hate to see Newcastle turn into a Stoke, Wigan or Hull and that sort of mentality will do exactly that.
Just to survive is singing on the pitch when you have just lost and stayed up due to the failings of others, just ask Phil Brown that.
Give Newcastle a strong leader, financial backing and a manager who can balance the expectations of the crowd with the reality of the modern global economic situation, then there should be no reason why they can't get back to the business of at least European football.
Come on if Fulham are it, then surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility for Newcastle to get back to those halcyon continental nights.
First things first, Newcastle need to get promoted and with 17 games to go there is plenty of work to be getting on with.
We don't know what the plans are of a current regime that has now shut shop when it comes to revealing future plans.
With so much hysteria surrounding whatever they have said in the past and anger still in the air after the treatment of first Kevin Keegan and then Alan Shearer, it's a policy they may well stick to.
The feelings are still very raw on the streets of Tyneside even though fans have backed the team throughout the season to date.
Saying nothing does not sell season tickets though and traditionally factors like marquee signings and talk of European adventures ensured not only full houses (or all season ticket crowds) at St James' Park - but a waiting lists of thousands.
I once remember being offered as much as ÃÂ£200 for one ticket by a pushy tout (which I didn't accept because I'd rather watch the match) but interest has dwindled so badly now, you may struggle to give away a seat at St James' Park.
Those days may well be gone and we are living in a different world now from a financial point of view.
Manchester City for all of their millions can't sell out every game they play at Eastlands and even the sight of pockets of empty seats at Old Trafford during this dark financial era tells its own sad story.
And if that isn't convincing enough, the upturn in crowds at Northern League level, where fans can pay as little as a fiver to watch the game, then enjoy a pint with the players, the manager and the chairman, shows where some of Newcastle's stay away fans have ended up.
But I do think that Newcastle can eventually get back to full houses if they win promotion, providing the price is right.
You can't blame the stay away fans and there is a strong argument to be made for cheaper ticket prices whether Newcastle get promoted or not.
However, how long Newcastle stay out of the Comedy League, and the headlines for the wrong reasons, depends largely on either the future plans of Mr Ashley or anybody who is willing to take the club of his hands.