Judgement Day imminent on Tyneside
As if the Tyne-Wear derby wasn't big enough - Chris Hughton now goes into the clash with Sunderland on the back of a round speculation surrounding his position at St James' Park.
It's Judgement Day at St James' Park this Sunday as far as local pride is concerned but if a manager ever needed a win so much, it's Hughton.
Victory would change the entire mood of the city on Sunday after the Carling Cup defeat against Arsenal proved to be far from ideal in the build-up to the big one.
With Newcastle sitting in a ninth place in the Premier League victory would take them over Sunderland and possibly into seventh.
That has to be considered good progress by the man who won the Championship on style for the Mags.
This season has been like football's version of snakes and ladders though, and defeat could see United plunge back towards the relegation zone.
Defeat is of course unthinkable in this fixture and it's been a decade since Sunderland managed to win on Tyneside, a 2-1 victory in 2000 on a day when Alan Shearer missed a penalty.
We all know what happened in the rain when Ruud Gullit lost the plot and dropped Shearer and Duncan Ferguson.
But we also remember Scott Sellars' free-kick in 1993, Alan Shearer's crisply struck free-kick in 2002, Shola Ameobi's double blast in 2005 (well sort of until he had one taken off him), and Michael Owen's finest moment in a black and white shirt in 2008.
This year's derby could well be about a new number 9 in Andy Carroll.
Ever since United were promoted, Carroll has been looking forward to this one.
That gives me much more than hope.
And i couldn't think of a better way to see Newcastle win a derby than Carroll bagging a goal or two in this huge fixture.
If he does, he'll be doing it for the whole of Tyneside and his manager - while writing himself into Geordie folklore.
History could be in the making.
How do you see this weekend's big derby clash?