At this point, Newcastle United fans must be wishing that a good number of the pundits who are paid to discuss the plight of their club would just shut their mouths.
Nobody knows better than the Toon Army just how desperate the situation on Tyneside is, and in many respects, the last thing they need is a talking head dissecting every minute detail of the shambles that continues to unfold at St. James’ Park.
Some pundits seems to be dead set on repeatedly firing wide of the mark in their analysis, while others, despite the fact that their heart is in the right place, just can’t seem to hit the nail on the head.
Take Darren Gough on talkSPORT. As far as pundits go, you won’t find too many better. He is knowledgeable and fair, and doesn’t tend to rush into statements blindly.
That being said, for all of his good intentions surrounding the discussion on Newcastle’s takeover, he has completely misjudged his latest comments.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I think Mike Ashley is trying to sell it, but because he is a businessman, he will only sell it when the price is met.
“That is the biggest problem, we all know it.
“If someone really wants it and they’ve got the money, go and buy it. I promise you, if I had the money, I’d buy Newcastle.”
First things first, does Ashley really want to sell? From an outside perspective, he is certainly doing a fine impression of a man who is quite happy to sit back and line his pockets while fans work themselves into a frenzy over his potential departure.
Secondly, and more importantly, it is not simply a case of having the money and buying it off Ashley.
The Bin Zayed Group are adamant they have the money. Amanda Staveley seemed like the real deal too.
The fact of the matter is that Ashley a stubborn, wealthy man, and in combination, those two qualities mean that he is under no obligation to sell.
Gough’s comments are massively over-simplified.