In this special video feature, we take a look at the takeover that has got Newcastle United abuzz, in an effort to understand why Toon fans are so eager to see Mike Ashley go, and why his departure might be taking so long.

With exclusive insight from a man who makes a living out of securing deals for wealthy investors and want-away owners across English football, as well as from a sports journalist on Geordie territory, Football Whispers brings unprecedented access to the deal that seemingly everyone wants to see done.

Amanda Staveley and her firm, PCP Capital Partners, are leading the race for the Tyneside club, and were thought to have submitted an official bid for control earlier this week.

However, that offer was deemed to have fallen far short of Ashley's valuation of a business which he has owned for over a decade. And news of the offer's rapid rejection has only concerned Geordie fans further, as the Sports Direct tycoon's deadline of a Christmas sale looms.

Newcastle fans have endured a turbulent relationship with their club's owner over the course of a tenure that has lasted as many years as it has seen first-team managers, and they are eager to see the back of him and his methods.

Recent times have seen a slight improvement in Geordie fortunes – with the permanent signing of Rafael Benítez and the Spaniard's subsequent masterminding of the Toon Army's promotion back to the Premier League proving to be highlights of the Ashley reign – but the general air of resentment between owner and fans remains strong.

And as the wait for official confirmation of Ashley's departure gets longer and longer, the fear that this might be yet another false dawn on hierarchical revolution gets stronger and stronger. All Newcastle fans can do now, is wait.

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