Rafa Benitez will return to his former club Chelsea still wondering what might have been after being handed a mission to "save" the club.
The Magpies face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime on Saturday in the Premier League looking for their first win in six games.
Benitez will do so firmly believing he would have stayed longer than the six months he had at Stamford Bridge had it not been for a vocal minority among the Blues' support.
Benitez was drafted in by owner Roman Abramovich to replace Roberto di Matteo in November 2012 after the Italian had guided the club to Champions League glory, only to falter the following season.
But despite winning the Europa League and finishing third in the Premier League, Benitez was on his way out in the following May and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard was never happy with the "interim" title he was given at Chelsea.
Benitez blamed a small, but influential group of critics for his swift exit, citing his spell at Liverpool and a claim - which he has always denied - that he had vowed never to manage Chelsea as the root of their ill-feeling towards him.