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In a week when the silence has been deafening at St James's Park - the possibility that Alan Shearer may not be handed the manager's post for most is a scary one.
I endured a bad dream the other night that Newcastle being put up for sale was merely a hairbrain scheme by Mike Ashley to take away the attention of Shearer not getting the job and try to soften the blow that for a second time that Joe Kinnear was coming as "interim boss" instead.
In doing so Kinnear did OK as boss and steadied the ship with a couple of early season wins.
You couldn't have written a script for Newcastle United's season so far but the scary thing is for many Toon fans is that there is still 13 games and the best part of four months before we'll finally know just where this nightmare campaign is going to end.
With Joe Kinnear out for the foreseeable future as United manager due to a heart bypass operation it leaves Newcastle without anybody they can really call boss going into the crucial final few fixtures.
Everybody sends Kinnear their best wishes but his haul of 23 points since taking over the hotseat will go a long way to securing Newcastle's Premier League safety.
It would be easy to say that Newcastle United's collapse against Stoke City was simply unbelievable but after plenty years of practice seasoned Toon fans should be used to what unfolded in the closing stages against the Potters.
We're used to a plot that consists of two or three simple factors, last minute goals against, scored by either former players and/or players born in or around Newcastle!
It couldn't have been much better for Joe Kinnear in the first half after Michael Owen's two goals had United in full control.
And the Leazes singing section could be clearly heard singing the name of JFK as Newcastle looked in danger of netting three goals in a Premier League game for the first time this season.
But then...out came the same old tired script.
It may not be the news that Newcastle United fans were looking for but at least the future (well until the end of the season) is a little clearer following the full-time appoinment of Joe Kinnear.
Most Newcastle fans don't blame Kinnear for what the mess that has unfolded at St James's Park this season.
And although Mike Ashley tried to get Kevin Keegan to come back just hours before the protest game against Hull City, the longer things dragged on - the less likely a return seemed to be.
Takeover hopes also appear to be fading fast and doubts whether interested parties were really that serious kicked in some time ago.
So in the end it was textbook performance but not textbook as in how to win a football match and take three Premier League points from Chelsea.
No, this was how to defend, how to frustrate and how to make sure a team picks up a point when they so desperately need it.
I put my hands up, I didn't give Newcastle United a chance at Stamford Bridge and without being negative I did fear a hammering, four, five or at one point six or seven until I calmed down and had a word with myself.