Tyneside was preparing itself for the third coming tonight after Newcastle owner Mike Ashley handed Kevin Keegan a sensational return as manager.
Eleven years after ending his first spell in charge, Keegan is on his way back to St James' Park as Sam Allardyce's replacement and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.
Ashley and chairman Chris Mort found themselves under fire at the weekend as it emerged that Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp had withdrawn for the race to succeed Allardyce.
However, the pair tonight gave the fans what they wanted when they appointed a man who achieved legendary status both as a player and as a manager during his previous spells with the club.
They did so under cover of an extensive smokescreen which had seen a bewildering list of names linked with the post as they cast their net far and wide.
The Magpies confirmed Keegan's appointment shortly before 4.30pm this afternoon, although details remain sketchy.
Indeed, while the confirmation answered one burning question, it left another up for debate as joyous fans wondered if their other long-held wish, Alan Shearer's addition to the management team, would also become a reality.
Their response was immediate as lengthy queues formed at the St James' ticket office with fans who might otherwise have stayed away from tonight's FA Cup third-round replay against Stoke voted with their feet on hearing the news.
The joy at Keegan's arrival is understandable - his arrival as a player in 1982 helped to rejuvenate the club's fortunes on the field, where they won promotion to the top flight in his second season.
As he was unveiled, then club secretary Russell Cushing famously said: 'We're in heaven, we've got Kevin.'
Keegan's iconic departure from St James' by helicopter after his final game - a match which saw a young Shearer take his place among the ball boys - apparently signalled the end of an era.
But eight years later, Sir John Hall staged a major coup to hand the former England international his first job in management and spark one of the most remarkable periods in the club's history.
Backed by Hall's millions, he put together a side which thrilled audiences far beyond Tyneside and went desperately close to lifting the league title for the first time since 1927 at the end of the 1995-96 season, only to be overhauled by Manchester United.
The longed-for trophy, however, never arrived - indeed, the wait goes on - and Keegan finally called it a day in January 1997 for reasons which have remained largely private ever since.
News of Allardyce's departure last Wednesday sparked a flurry of speculation over who would be installed as the club's seventh manager since Keegan first headed off into the sunset.
There was massive popular support for him to return, either in his own right or in partnership with Shearer, but as time wore on and the club privately set out their requirements, his chances seemed to recede.
Keegan was non-committal when the suggestion was put to him by a television crew earlier this week, and as the names Mark Hughes, then Gerard Houllier and Didier Deschamps started to loom large, it appeared Ashley and Mort were looking in a different direction.
But when they made their move, they did so to maximum effect to set the city alight once again.
Keegan faces the task of assembling a backroom team, but perhaps more importantly, strengthening a depleted squad during the remaining two weeks of the transfer window to ensure that the club is not sucked into the fight against relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
Newcastle entertain Bolton on Saturday when a full house is guaranteed with the Geordie nation preparing to welcome back their most cherished adopted son.
The rollercoaster ride continues.
In homage to King Kev, and his appointment at the Toon, ESPN Classic are showing a cracking documentary about him tomorrow evening at 2100 on ESPN Classic, SKY channel 442.
Kevin Keegan - footballer, singer, and messiah - has gone from playing 4th division football with Scunthorpe United to winning European footballer of the year. He's gone from managing Newcastle United in the 2nd division, to almost winning the Premiership, to being crowned England manager. This is Keegan's story: Kevin Keegan: Football Messiah?