With the news of a disastrous approach for Steve Bruce looming for the vacant manager’s role at Newcastle, it seems that only a takeover can save the club now.
With anger at an all-time high in the aftermath of Rafa Benitez’s departure, they will reach new levels again at the thought of someone like Bruce getting the job.
The result is watching a club implode before our eyes, and if there is any semblence of hope for fans, it lies with a takeover of the club happening sooner rather than later.
But that is starting to look like a forlorn hope, with talk having gone relatively quiet over a potential deal being agreed by the Bin Zayed Group recently.
The odd Tweet from a radio host in the UAE is hardly an endorsement of a sale being close, and the fact the club are pressing ahead with a permanent appointment, for whom compensation will be paid, suggests no new owners are in the offing.
Following a meeting with Bin Zayed Group officials they would like to put on record the following information for NUFC fans:
“Both parties have worked diligently in finalising a deal, none more so than ourselves. We have completed every aspect required in a takeover process.
— Peter Redding-Capital Radio UAE (@dubai_geordie) July 8, 2019
But until it is dismissed by someone with first-hand knowledge, supporters will hope and pray that it is still on the horizon.
If it does not happen, the club is almost certain to be in a relegation scrap from the outset, and fans will have very little confidence that they will fend off the drop this time.
Without Benitez surviving a relegation scrap appears unlikely
With Rafa in charge, they always felt they would survive, with a master tactician at work, and a top-drawer coach who could work wonders.
With someone like Bruce in charge, it is unlikely to be emulated, and a further relegation is likely to be added to the Corbridge-born manager’s record – should he last that long in the job.
With a difficult run of games to open the season, fans’ anger on full display and the possibility of only half-full stands, and the picture begins to paint itself.
With the toxicity between club and supporters on full show, if a takeover does not happen now, anyone considering buying the club in the future may well steer clear.