A life more ordinary
Given the incredible low of 2009 and the consequent huge high of promotion in 2010, I don't think a bit of mid-table mediocrity should really come as a major surprise.
Somen Tchoyi's hat-trick may have felt agonising and was painful to watch but if anybody was in danger of getting carried away at St James' Park on Sunday against West Brom, we were provided with a short, sharp shock.
Finishing ninth and above Sunderland would have been a good way to end the season but the reality is that nothing has changed moving forward.
Newcastle still need major reinvestment, there are still players that must be tied down to longer contracts, dead wood must still be cleared and the evidence of this season, we are still some way behind the teams challenging for the Europa League and years away from even living with the top four.
If a reality check was needed we got one against West Brom.
This season Newcastle have put up a good fight against some of the top teams in the division.
Manchester United (0-0), Arsenal (4-4 and 1-0), Chelsea (1-1, 4-3 and 2-2), Liverpool (3-1) and Tottenham (1-1).
United also made a reasonable account of themselves against the teams in and around things such as Aston Villa (6-0), Everton (1-0 away) and of course we tore Sunderland apart on a humiliating never to be forgotten day for the Mackems in October in a tremendous 5-1 win.
The worrying aspect of the season has to be that United didn't do it against the teams that United players vowed to get the better of in pre-season.
Newcastle failed to beat Wigan, Stoke, Fulham, Bolton, Blackpool, West Brom and Blackburn at home and this would have been the difference between an ordinary campaign and an unbelievable one.
The reason being has to be the squad's lack of depth in my humble opinion.
There is a clear lack of a regular goalscorer even though the goals were spread around the team.
Remarkably this was the best Premier League season for goals at St James' Park since the 1999/2000 season with 41 goals rattled in for the fans to enjoy.
But for me that does not change the fact that a predator is required on Tyneside.
In the games mentioned (the likes of Stoke and Blackburn) above, United failed to kill the game off during periods when they were in control.
A lethal marksman is the answer to that.
And while they don't grow on trees and don't come cheap, the main mission this summer has to be to find the man who can lift an entire city this summer.
Older fans will recall the arrivals of Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand in 1996 and 1995 and know what type of an impact it can have at St James' Park.
In recent years there seems to have been an unwillingness to spend any type of real money on transfers.
Mike Ashley has seemed hell-bent on getting on top of the club's debt and for that he must be given a degree of credit.
However, the summer ahead is key for everybody connected with the black and whites.
Players and backroom staff have made their feelings clear: money must be spent to kick on next season.
At least three or four quality additions are needed on Tyneside in the coming months and it would be great to see the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and - although I can't see it happening - Jose Enrique all sign new deals.
An interesting and anxious few months lie in wait.