The ever reliable George Caulkin (that precursor should actually be legally part of his name) was yesterday discussing various subjects relating to Newcastle United in a Q&A with fans for The Athletic.
Of course one subject he was predictably asked about was a potential takeover, and wether he believed it could still happen.
The initial excitement and inevitable disappointment of this summer, which saw Dubai investment group BZG join Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon in the “time wasters, or victims of Ashley’s greed?” pile of recent failed takeover attempts, seems an absolute lifetime ago. However, the former Times man will have put a little hope in the hearts of every Newcastle fan, insisting that takeover interest remains and talks are still taking place:
“In his interview with the Mail, Ashley said he’s assuming he’ll own Newcastle for the foreseeable future.
“Does that mean all takeover negotiations have stopped or that every interested party has disappeared? I know for a fact they haven’t.
“But the last 12 years show that Ashley is a difficult seller. I think it’s best to expect things to carry on as they are.
“If a takeover does happen, it’ll come out of the blue.”
Encouraging words indeed, even if it does seem a million miles away. It’s often been said Ashley is an unwilling seller. The truth is we honestly don’t know, because we don’t actually know if BZG, Staveley or Kenyon actually ever had the money.
For me personally, the disappointment of BZG seemingly being “tyre kickers”, Rafa and Rondon leaving and Steve Bruce being appointed was nearly the final straw for me. I vowed I was done with this club until Ashley was finally gone. It gutted me as much as relegation, it honestly did.
Subsequently I can’t imagine myself ever being as happy as I would be if Ashley finally left.
The day the Sun’s story saying it was a done deal broke, (and after my 9th can) I played fantasy football with us on FIFA. I allowed myself to dream, adding some fanciful signings. The day Bruce was confirmed on a 3 year deal, all but ended any hope of new ownership, and meant going back to reality. Then having to put Fekir, Mata, Dani Alves and Icardi back at their actual clubs and bringing Colback, Saivet, Gayle and Murphy back into our squad was a real low point.
Caulkin is right though, it will just happen out of the blue one day. One glorious day. One glorious day our Twitter notifications will start going mental, the yellow band will flash across the bottom of Sky Sports News, and the following day the economy and infrastructure of the city of Newcastle will take a massive hit as everyone will call in sick for work with a hangover.
Sadly the only thing preventing that day happening is the same thing that has held this football club to ransom for the last 12 years…….Mike Ashley’s greed.
However hope springs eternal. It has to.