A dark cloud has returned to St James’ Park after Mike Ashley confirms that takeover talks between the club and PCP Partners have ended.

A return to the Premier League has not been the fun journey Newcastle fans thought it might have been, but the potential takeover was at least giving fans some hope for the future.

The thought of Amanda Staveley replacing Mike Ashley while Rafa Benitez still manages the team was enough to give fans belief that the club was on the up, but now the deal appears to be off, the Toon Army fear the worst once again.

News of the takeover deal collapsing broke hearts across the North East (except for the Sunderland area), and the disdain towards Mike Ashley is now stronger than ever.

The January transfer window was already proving to be quite the debacle, a regular occurrence during Ashley’s tenure, but if no new players have arrived by the 31st of January, the home game against Burnley that night could be the scene of an extremely toxic atmosphere inside St James’ Park.

Staying in the Premier League will be a hard task for the Magpies, but even that might not be enough to guarantee a bright future in black and white, as Benitez surely cannot continue to work under the constraints of the Newcastle board for much longer.

Could a takeover still happen? Yes, but with no bid on the table, a deal seems a million miles away.

A takeover collapse and a Benitez departure would be the final straw for a lot of supporters, and that is now a very real fear for the Geordies as they ask the question: “Now what?”

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