Newcastle United fans could be excused for looking on enviously on Wednesday evening when Saturday's opponents Aston Villa took on Manchester City.
Yes, the Villans were beaten 2-0 by Pep Guardiola's superstars but in an end to end game, Villa were desperately unlucky not to emerge from an exciting encounter with all three points themselves.
Contrast that to Newcastle's display at the Etihad Stadium last month as a passive United side sat back and allowed City to help themselves to three points, then it is difficult not to be frustrated.
The Magpies are near the bottom of the Premier League for almost every performance metric and are now without a win in their last nine games.
Seven points still separate United from the Premier League's relegation zone but most supporters have decided they are fed up of Steve Bruce's management and are keen for change.
Many pundits try to argue against that, of course, and the suggestion is often that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
But Aston Villa are an example of why Newcastle fans long for change.
Bruce, of course, managed the Villans and when he was sacked in October 2018, he was replaced by Dean Smith.
Smith then guided his hometown club to promotion that same season, a Carabao Cup final the following year and now his vibrant Villa side are pushing for European qualification this year, in just their second season back in the top flight.
It is a far cry from what Newcastle fans have been served up in their fourth season back in the Premier League and the Toon Army can only dream of having the same hope and optimism that Villa's fans are now enjoying.
"He basically grabbed Villa by the scruff of the neck and said, 'This just isn't good enough'," Ashley Preece, Aston Villa reporter for Birmingham Live, told Chronicle Live when asked about the impact Smith made following Bruce's departure at Villa Park
"Six months after becoming manager Smith rocketed Villa from 15th in the Championship to the Premier League. He basically embarrassed Bruce given the fact he had the same squad at his disposal.
"Smith had injuries and a lop-sided squad given the fact they were short in terms of a goalkeeper and central defenders. But to answer your question, it's just amazing what a clued-up coach and clever manager can do.
"Bruce was stuck in his ways, similar to his current situation, and it needed a change. Had Bruce stayed a few weeks longer at Villa then who knows, Villa could well be stuck in the Championship now given it's such a hard division to get out of.
"Supporters aren't daft either, they know when it's simply not working and it's exactly that currently at St James' Park. There just appears to be no hope which is the polar opposite to what Villa fans have currently with supporters right to dream big.
"Villa have brilliant owners and one of the brightest managers in the division. The same can't be said of Newcastle can it?"