Who would want to manage this mess?
With the transfer deadline now very much on the horizon and the new season already well under way - Newcastle United are starting to think about the consequences of life on Tyneside if the club isn't sold.
Utterings from across the Irish Sea suggest that David O'Leary (the man many Toon fans do not want in charge of their team) will only take the job if the club is taken off the market.
And while it's thought that Gordon Strachan and Alan Curbishley have been sounded out to take over the reins at SJP, you would have to question the sanity of either if they were to come in and expect to lead Newcastle to promotion with little or no time to manoeuvre in the transfer market and work with a paper thin squad ahead of a marathon season.
Alan Shearer on the other hand seems prepared to walk on broken glass to achieve his dream of managing the much maligned Mags.
Clearly Shearer's appointment would take away a lot of the emphasis from owner Mike Ashley and turn attention back to where it really counts - on the field.
How many people have said that this summer?
In Shearer, the Geordie public trust it seems - even if he was working with a tiny squad amidst difficult circumstances.
Unfortunately, the current regime don't see it as that simple.
So far the tactics of Ashley have been to survive on a day to day basis, save money as much as possible and generally have a "no frills" approach to life at St James's Park - but say nothing.
Putting the club up for sale has diverted some of the pressure but has so far done nothing but look like an elaborate smokescreen in the aftermath of Shearer-gate.
In reality, Newcastle United are currently being operated like a Sports Direct shop where teenagers earn peanuts for putting out XXL shirts from obscure clubs around the globe and Dunlop trainers.
To add to the frustration for Newcastle the club have reverted to the "bunker" style communication policy that kicked in at the United when Chris Mort left Toon.
But that hasn't just applied to the fans and the vehicle used to communicate with the fans (the media) - it's also applied to the great Alan Shearer no less, with the legendary number 9, former captain, ambassador and manager and all-time leading scorer completely in the dark!
For 90 minutes only against Reading on Saturday, the 11 lucky enough to wear the black and white shirts on home turf in a proper game for the first time since the 1-0 loss against Fulham can light the dark.
However, failure to beat Reading could see the cracks which were papered over by the West Brom draw look wider than ever come the final whistle.