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What happens next at NUFC after hopes were dashed?

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WHAT happens next? Is there any hope? Will someone else buy Newcastle United? Is there a sun in the sky?

The fall-out from the Saudi situation has blackened every Geordie's landscape. The blame game is in full swing. Anger and frustration have replaced the sweet scent of roses.

Only at NUFC can so much be talked about so little. Only here can we wait month upon month for nothing to happen.

We are back where we started. Living without a glimmer of optimism with a landlord resented by everyone whose life he impacts.

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Geordies have dreaded this with growing apprehension as days turned into weeks and weeks into months. Why the hold up? What for? Now we are confronted by the awful prospect of another long fight against the ever present threat of relegation welling inside every stout black and white heart.

The Saudis withdrawal of their £300m takeover offer in the face of the Premier League's dogged stance may delight the sabre rattlers but it has crushed the hopes and aspirations of the persecuted.

United fans were desperate to get rid of Mike Ashley after 13 years of rigid control and now the process has to start all over again.

Any new prospective buyer must strike a deal with Ashley and eventually end up before the beak that is the PL, cap in hand yet again hoping to be ushered through by the headmaster.

It really is all too much for the Toon faithful who had at one time not only believed they would be starting a new season under new ownership but that the landlords would be bringing untold amounts of gold with them to revive a historic old club and put it back at the forefront of English football.

'It could only happen at Newcastle,' I can hear every exasperated foot soldier proclaim. The thought of getting rid of a Scrooge of an owner after years of fighting relegation thwarted by the perceived unacceptability of those moving in is typical of black and white luck.

Accused of TV piracy as well as human rights violations, the judging panel of the PL dragged its feet for ever, uneasy whether to stick or twist amid a political minefield before eventually those waiting hailed a taxi out of town.

People will line up to say the PL did the right thing holding out on moral grounds but not many of them will reside on Tyneside where getting rid of Ashley and replacing him with a potent combination of ambition and money held so much allure.

Hopes have been dashed again leaving the grim prospect of more of the same.

In fact things are actually worse because Ashley has lost total interest which makes him an even worse captain of the ship than he was originally if that is possible.

He wants out, we want him out, so please will someone give him the dough and buy themselves a potential glorious bit of real estate.

Amanda Staveley seems doomed not to get her hands on a prize possession having attempted to broker other deals before this one. So far she has been unable to find acceptable partners. Her desperation is shown in the fact she still clings to a vague hope of somehow reviving a deal dead in the water but her reputation is tarnished and any future consortium fronted by her name will be met with cynicism up here.

So what now? Our American friend Henry Mauriss? Excuse me if I am a little sceptical. I cannot live on nothing more than confetti in the wind. Fantasy is the land of Walt Disney not SJP.

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Just as we believe Ashley means a permanent fight against relegation takeover talk counts for nought until it turns into completion.

Meanwhile we reside in the real world.

Where, stupidly in my opinion, names like Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho were being bandied about as possible summer signings upon a change of ownership all has suddenly changed. United will now be shopping at Lidl instead of Harrods.

Ah well, it was good while it lasted. Thanks for nothing Premier League. You replaced dreams with torment and dragged it all out with total disregard for trampled feelings. The Geordie death throes might amuse some in other parts of the country but up here it has been hell.




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