Newcastle United: an established, respected football club based in the heart of the north east which boasts a superior fanbase of devoted supporters, willing to - in some cases - quite literally die for the sake of their beloved team.
Housed at the impressive St. James' Park, the Magpies have seen legends such as Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne and Nobby Solano all come and go in recent history, while the guidance of the great Sir Bobby Robson in the early-00's saw the club break into the top-four and clinch European football.
Everything about this club suggests success, but for the previous twelve years they have been held back, restricted, confined by an owner who seemingly has no interest in the welfare of his club or their loyal supporters. The Magpies have been relegated to the second-tier of English football twice since 2007, something they had not experienced since 1991/92 prior to their demotion in 2010, which in itself tells its own cutting story.
In manager Rafa Benitez, though, they had somewhat of a safe-haven. The Spaniard, who has taken charge of the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid during his career surprised many by joining Newcastle in 2016 when the club were battling relegation from the Premier League.
Despite failing to keep them up under difficult circumstances, Benitez stuck with Newcastle through thick and thin, weathering the storm in the Championship before guiding the club straight back to the top-flight at the first time of asking. Two consecutive mid-table finishes firmly steadied the heavily weatherbeaten ship at St. James' Park, but just weeks ago the Spaniard called time on his career in the north east, departing the club after yet another disagreement with owner Mike Ashley.
Benitez wasted no time in finding alternative employment, joining Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang last week. The 59-year-old will forever be respected at Newcastle United, with fans left disgusted at the way he was treated by the ever-frustrating Ashley, who continues to harm the reputation of the club's good name for his own personal gain.