There seems to be a steady drip of takeover speculation when it comes to Newcastle United, and with it comes the repeated warnings over possible relegation scuppering any potential deal.
But if Newcastle can build on last week’s win at West Ham, by repeating the feat against Bournemouth on Saturday, they could actually fond themselves in the top half of the table.
That, of course, is largely dependent on a variety of results happening, but if the Magpies win this weekend, and again at Aston Villa after that, they more than likely will make it into the top 10 – or possibly higher.
That lofty position would see the threat of relegation dissipating, and a Premier League future next season looking more likely.
In turn, it would surely bolster confidence in any party interested in buying Newcastle from Mike Ashley.
With the threat of dropping into the Championship fading away, Ashley’s valuation of around £350 million may look more attractive to would-be new owners, and could see some real negotiations over a potential sale take place.
Could a top-half spot see Kenyon’s group make their move?
Peter Kenyon and his American consortium GACP Sports are allegedly keen to strike a deal, with various companies being formed to facilitate any takeover, but the talk has cooled for the past couple of weeks.
Seeing the club in a more stable position may see them push forward with their plans, as a Premier League future makes a deal so much more viable for businessmen.
With November seen as the start of the second unofficial ‘takeover window’ for football clubs, it could be a crucial time for Newcastle to find a rich vein of form.
It is also why there could be so much more than six points on the line for the Magpies in their upcoming two games, with fans hoping that a place in the top half of the Premier League being enough to entice a new buyer to make a move.
It may well be wishful thinking on my part, but whether reality or a pipe-dream, there is no doubt that if we win both our next two games, there will be much more chance of seeing a new owner arrive at St James’ Park.