Yet another room burns...
Alan Shearer jetted back to Tyneside today after a short break but despite the release of a statement that has been ridiculed by the rest of the nation - United are no closer to appointing Big Al - or anybody for that matter - than they were a fortnight ago.
Shearer spoke deeply of his concerns about getting things sorted at Villa Park during a dark hour in Newcastle's top flight history but it appears that the owner of the club isn't in the mood for listening.
Once more Keith Harris, the man who failed to sell the club last years, has made positive noises about potential buyers coming in.
Last time out though managing director Derek Llambias admitted they did not listen to one serious bid.
And despite much talk of consortia interested in taking the ÃÂ£100million rated Toon off Ashley's hands tonight we have made another step towards possible oblivion.
Pre-season training starts in less than three weeks and as it stands nobody knows who will be on hand to take that first session.
Life must go on regardless of who is in charge of the club in terms of ownership and after a day in which a city called for the permanent appointment of Shearer, many feel that this mess is only going to get worse before it gets anywhere near being better.