It’s been a rough few days for Newcastle United.
The 1-1 draw with Wolves wasn’t enough to relieve any relegation fears.
It was a game that we threw away thanks to a comical goal where multiple players didn’t know where they were playing.
Just for clarity, this is meant to be the top tier of English football, in a league that is often heralded as ‘the best in the world’.
On top of the disappointment, we lost Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury. On Tuesday the club confirmed that both players will be out until April.
Then things got even worse when Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards claimed that all ‘takeover conversations have been halted’ by Justin Barnes until Newcastle’s Premier League position is confirmed.
While that is a blow, does it really matter? A new owner could come in before the end of the season, but it seems too late to change manager. Why would a big name come in knowing that he could be managing a Championship club next season?
And the report didn’t say that the takeover was off, rather that discussions have been put on hold.
What does the future hold for the Newcastle takeover?
No one knows what the future will bring regarding the Newcastle United takeover.
But according to the Independent, two things won’t stop a deal being resurrected.
They report that even if Newcastle are relegated, all parties would still be interested in buying the club.
Obviously if we do go down, a deal will likely have to be restructured. Unfortunately for Mike Ashley, the club won’t be worth the £305million he agreed last year.
Toon fans’ focus must remain on the pitch
It’s difficult for a lot of fans not to get taken up by the takeover storm.
When things are so bad on the pitch, it’s easy to cling on to the potential hope of a brighter future under new owners.
Most fans want Ashley gone, and have done for a while. And over the past 12 months, we’ve came incredibly close to saying goodbye.
Whether a takeover is resurrected come the end of the season, all we can focus on now is performances on the pitch.
The harsh reality is that Steve Bruce has dragged Newcastle into a relegation battle with 12 games to go. To make matters worse, we face the next month without our three best players.
There are still various different loopholes a takeover would need to go through for it to go ahead. There are so many different layers that it might never go ahead.
But when it comes to the actual football, Newcastle just need to find a way of winning games.