2012 has a been a year of typical ups and downs on the Newcastle United roller-coaster, with Geordie fans and the wider football public glued to their seats wondering what will happen next.
Peaks include Mike Ashley stunning the football world with the £9M acquisition of Papiss Cisse back in January, Newcastle’s subsequent ascent to a fifth-place finish and qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League.
Lows include not quite capitalizing on this "surprise" success by bolstering the squad in preparation for involvement in two major competitions, which has proved a steep learning curve for Alan Pardew, as his side have slumped to 15th in the Premier League.
Everyone has a fresh start at the turn of the year, however, and football clubs are no different. When the January transfer window opens, Newcastle’s wheeling and dealing will be the difference between silverware-lining their poor League start or a season of deep regrets for The Magpies.
This is what they must do to ensure a fairytale ending for the faithful Geordie nation.