The other black and white takeover shows that Toon are overpriced
When oil rich Arabs start heading to Notts County instead of Newcastle to do business in English football you just know that St James's Park is beginning to look like a "no go" area for any potential investors.
Perhaps you can't blame Abdullah Bin Saeed Al Thani for choosing the other Magpies.
After all with no emotional connection to Newcastle from a business point of view there is less debt, less turmoil, a knockdown price and potentially Notts could well be playing in the same division as United next year - if the threat of a mass exodus of players becomes a reality that is.
It's understood that that while no price tag has been revealed at Meadow Lane, the overall debt of the basement Football League club was around ÃÂ£1million - that's roughly around two months wages for Michael Owen in the last two months of the season, when you throw in his bonuses.
We're talking different universes when it comes to money here.
With Munto Finance the actual saviours of Notts County, Dubai businessman Bin Saeed Al Thani comes in with ÃÂ£1.5billion burning a hold in his pocket and has delivered Sven Goran Eriksson for starters as director of football - hardly Joe Kinnear or Dennis Wise is it?
Even if the Arab tycoon could have afforded Newcastle United, why pay over the odds at ÃÂ£100million for it?
Especially when, if you have a plan and the tycoon seems to have one, you can get another club with potential for a fraction of the price.
In comparison not only is ÃÂ£100million the asking price at United steep compared to other clubs, but whoever comes in will have to tackle a ÃÂ£45million overdraft and then agree to take on the astronomical wage bill next season should certain players not be moved on, and it remains unclear if the ÃÂ£100million loan that Ashley pumped into United needs to be repaid.
For example, Fabricio Coloccini has five years left on his current contract and picks up over ÃÂ£70,000 a week while some Championship players are on less than a bag a sand.
Then with Dennis Wise still picking up ÃÂ£30,000 a week and remaining on the payroll plus a potential payout for Kevin Keegan later this year at ÃÂ£9million, there are other major factors to take into consideration.
Is it any wonder there have been such a shortage of takers so far?
Is Keith Harris and his team at Seymour Pierce just hapless?
Or has he been handed mission impossible by Mike Ashley to get rid of the club for such a big price?
This isn't sympathy for the devil as regular readers of this blog can easily look back and write a dissertation on the criticism of Ashley and the current regime if they wanted to.
But in the interest of fairness and balance, have the much maligned Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias been sold down the river and misguided again?
This time by somebody who appears to think that they can offload the disaster on their hands - and for the best part of ÃÂ£300million with all things above considered.
They were misguided when they were convinced that Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez had a unique plan to bring in top-notch youngsters for peanuts and that the pair's ideas could change football.
They were misguided when they backed Wise over Kevin Keegan, a move which sparked a public outcry on Tyneside.
They were misguided when they appointed Joe Kinnear then Chris Hughton and took too long to compromise when bringing in Alan Shearer with eight games left - and then leave him in the cold just when they needed a natural leader the most.
Their knowledge of football leaves a lot to be desired on this evidence.
But don't let me hear you say there isn't a plan - that would be incorrect.
There is a plan, it just isn't a very good one or doesn't seem one.
That plan is that should United not be able to sell the club for the asking price, then they will attempt to weather the storm at St James's...
In the eyes of Chris Hughton, he would love to keep the squad he's got.
Starting the season with that squad and getting off the season to a great start and gathering momentum with our loyal fans coming back in numbers is the gamble that Ashley and Llambias seem prepared to take.
It's a huge gamble.
Life in the Championship is tough, the sunshine of Crystal Palace away in August (which won't be a cakewalk anyway) will soon be replaced by the whistling winds and cold mud of Scunthorpe away in October.
And like last night showed, when Huddersfield were prepared to put it up Newcastle United, like they did with Habib Beye and Coloccini, they hated it, they flipped and in the world of the Coca-Cola Football League (with refs desperate to make a name for themselves) they will be sent off and made an example of.
If I'm wrong and Chris Hughton does start the season well and leads us to promotion, then feel free to throw this back in my face.
But if I'm right, and the plan B that seems to be brewing on Barrack Road is attempted, the Magpies v Magpies game next season could well be a reality.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?