With a seemingly annual fiasco over potential new owners, Newcastle fans are certainly used to takeover sagas, and they can now welcome their Sunderland rivals to the club.
It seemed on the cards that the Black Cats were going to be taken over, or at least invested in, by a group of American businessmen, but the Sun reported the deal had collapsed on Tuesday, during a dramatic few hours on Wearside.
Those reports were refuted by current owner Stewart Donald later that evening, but the whole scenario has a very familiar ring to it for Toon fans.
However, reassurances that a deal is not dead, is a lot less encouraging than claiming a takeover is close, and it remains to be seen what the exact position of any deal is.
While Sunderland fans have had their own takeover tales over the past few years, they have not had to endure quite the number of ‘will they, won’t they’ scenarios their black and white counterparts have.
So if they need any advice on getting their hopes up, only to have them dashed time and again, they just need to ask their rivals 11 miles north.
There is potential at both clubs if an ambitious businessman could see it
The annoying thing for both sets of fans, is the undoubted potential there is at both clubs, despite the lack of recent success of either, and the lowly division Sunderland currently find themselves in.
If only Newcastle had a realistic, willing seller, and a genuine interested buyer with the funds behind them, and Sunderland had an investor who could look two or three seasons ahead, we could be bantering with each other from the right end of the football echelons.
I have said it many times before, but I envy the position of Arsenal and Spurs fans, or the blue and red halves of Manchester.
I would love to have the back and forth between both sets of fans over who qualified for Europe and who didn’t, or how winning the FA Cup was better than claiming the League Cup.
But yet again, it seems that the only believers in a successful future at either club, are its fans and those who report on the clubs every day.
Football can be a very short-sighted sport at times.