Supporters continue to face an anxious wait as a decision over Newcastle United's takeover.
News broke over three months ago about a prospective £300million deal to buy the club, meaning that the fans have been on tenterhooks ever since.
Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, with just one final test standing in their way.
The club are currently waiting on a verdict from the Premier League as to whether the £300million deal can go ahead.
There's been plenty of speculation as to why such a delay has occurred, with issues such as human rights violations and piracy both being investigated amid the interest from Saudi Arabia.
Of course the delay is unsettling for fans, with many wondering whether the Premier League are holding out until the end of the season before making a decision.
However according to Chris Waugh of The Athletic, this is unlikely to be the case.
Writing in a Q&A with The Athletic, Waugh said: "I suppose in many ways the matches are now largely irrelevant if a takeover happens, with Newcastle safe.
"Only thing would be if they could sneak into a European place as you say, but I find that unlikely."
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
While patience is obviously key during such uncertain times, you can hardly blame the Newcastle United fans for growing restless.
For many, a potential announcement of a full takeover is exactly what they’ve been wishing for several years while enduring a turbulent reign under Mike Ashley.
The Sports Direct owner has been a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside, and that’s why talk of interest from the Saudi-based consortium is such a hot topic of conversation.
But Newcastle fans must still be cautious.
If anyone knows what it’s like to see their club owned by an unpopular figure, it’s Newcastle United fans.
That’s why they must remain patient – after all, the last thing they want is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.
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