Sunday morning has seen the latest update from the media on a potential Newcastle takeover.
It is claimed that two new bidders have now declared an interest, as Mike Ashley continues to show zero interest in accepting the £250m Amanda Staveley offer.
A bit like the floundering team on the pitch having now made it one point from the last twenty one after defeat to Leicester City, you feel it is a similar case with the media trying to publish new information on a Newcastle takeover.
No news means no headlines, so it comes down to trying to decipher what to believe.
The Mail had already reported that Mike Ashley was claiming the existence of another bidder who could be prepared to pay £320m for the club, which seems a little strange if you do accept that the current stand-off is Amanda Staveley offering £250m and Mike Ashley wanting at least £300m.
The Sunday morning story about two new interested potential buyers comes from The Mirror, who don’t have the greatest record when it comes to running Newcastle United exclusives.
However, much as we have a team that is losing matches, it is not very often that major Premier League clubs are put up for sale. So on that basis, I would find it difficult to believe that there is only the Amanda Staveley group interested in buying.
The combination of a nightmare run of results and the Newcastle takeover uncertainty is toxic and fans who have been around for any length of time, will know that such a slump is very difficult to pull out of, especially when there are problems behind the scenes at the club.
We all knew that the team/squad had been left well short of quality in the summer, Rafa Benitez told us that during and after the summer transfer window, and now he is warning us of the same ahead of the January one which opens in just three weeks time.
This situation is bad, really bad, but without Rafa Benitez prepared to stick it out, at least for the time being…it would be a truly lost cause.
As the team slides towards relegation, from the outside it looks like there is no urgency from either side on a Newcastle takeover.
Hopefully this proves false and that a bit like a swan appearing to be nonchalantly floating along without a care in the world but in reality frantically paddling away underneath the surface, both Mike Ashley and potential buyer(s) are moving as quickly as possible to get a deal done that will give Newcastle United the best chance of surviving this season, then move on to better things.
‘The Toon owner has put the Tyneside club up for sale and is sitting on a £250m offer from Amanda Staveley.
However, it is understood that two other potential suitors have entered the bidding and he is waiting to see whether a counter-offer will be made.
The clock is ticking down ahead of the January transfer window opening and the length of the sale process means if Ashley does not finalise any agreement in the next fortnight he will have to dig deep himself if he wants to help his manager.
And that scenario is looking increasingly probable.’