No, not even Newcastle United could cock up this kind of lead. As Neil Farrington put it, "For the Magpies to blow promotion now – with five emphatic straight defeats – would take capitulation on a scale beyond even a football club which specialises in epic disappointment". All we need is for Ashley to sell with promotion confirmed, £40 million or so to spend on the team, and we'd be able to pick up more or less where we left off: beating Sunderland, losing to the Big Four, the occasional run in Europe, and the old sneaky feeling that this just might be our year for one of the cups.
More realistically, we have a squad that does at least understand the meaning of the word team, as good a chance of survival as Birmingham or Wolves, and a club to support that doesn't run the risk of going belly-up in the next six months. These days, that's really something special.