No Duncan Ferguson-style door damage at Newcastle this week
You have to feel a bit for Chris Hughton this week don't you?
The Toon boss has done a magnificent job since taking over as full-time gaffer - well some might call it miracle working given the circumstances he was handed the reins in - but it doesn't take long for the rollercoaster to get revved up on Tyneside.
Then he loses one game, unluckily, against Blackpool and all of a sudden we're all trying to pick his team for him!
I see that as no bad thing and part of the Geordie fibre in these parts, with football debate part of everyday life - unlike other soul-less outposts around the UK.
I think Kevin Keegan once joked he had 36,000 managers (referring to the crowd) who would pick a different team to him.
Yes, even Hughton knows that goes with the territory on Tyneside but his "simple" task ahead of the trip to Everton is to either stick or twist with his team selection.
He had no choice but to do that at whining Wolves after the 6-0 win over Aston Villa, and he was fully justified in doing it again after the battling draw at Molineux.
This week we've heard the calls for a change in the wide men and the clamour to see Hatem Ben Arfa start the game.
Many are also interested to see just what Cheik Tiote can bring to the Toon engine room.
In the past Hughton has always kept faith with his key men, and Alan Smith had started the season well enough before Blackpool.
Anyway, what has all of this got to do with Duncan Ferguson?
Well if you cast your mind back to the Tyne-Wear derby of 1999, Gullit's last game.
The Dutchman - who now talks a good game on Sky - infamously dropped both Big Dunc and Alan Shearer in the 2-1 defeat.
The next day Ferguson's fury was evident after he kicked Gullit's door down at the training ground.
Shearer, tactfully, went in afterwards to compound Gullit's misery and the rest as they say is history.
Of course, that hasn't been the case at United's Benton base this week with Hughton creating a rare thing on Tyneside - dressing room harmony.
Nevertheless, at some stage we have to expect Ben Arfa to be unleashed along with Tiote, Sol Campbell and those chipping away on the fringe such as Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Nile Ranger.
Hughton has certainly got the competition for places he wanted!
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