The Mike Ashley era: British billionaire's 13 years in charge at Newcastle United – in pictures

The Magpies owner is close to selling the club to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium

The end is apparently nigh for Mike Ashley's turbulent reign at Newcastle United.

Since taking over ownership of the English club in 2007, the British billionaire businessman has overseen an era of chaos and turmoil, consisting of two relegations, perpetual fan unrest, no major trophies and only three top-half Premier League finishes.

But after several false dawns, it appears Newcastle fans are finally going to get their wish, with Ashley close to selling-up to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium, in a deal thought to be in the region of £300 million (Dh1.36 billion).

"Eventful" would certainly be one way to describe the sportswear tycoon's 13-year spell in charge, though most supporters on Tyneside would probably feel "nightmare" is more appropriate.

We take a season-by-season look at the roller-coaster ride that has been Newcastle United Football Club during that period.

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