Rarely has there been a more eventful season in the history of Newcastle United Football Club.
The emotions could not have been more of a contrast.
Newcastle United’s 2021/22 season begun under the management of the under-fire Steve Bruce and with Mike Ashley still inflicting a lacklustre approach to ownership but has ended on something of a high after a stunning turnaround in fortunes.
The controversial PIF-led takeover was finally completed, Bruce was removed from his position and Eddie Howe came in like a breath of fresh air to guide the Magpies away from what looked like a certain relegation into the Championship.
With the five signings made in January now settled in, a number of existing squad members showing real signs of improvement and an exciting summer lying in wait, the future looks bright for the St James Park faithful.
Before a dramatic campaign is consigned to the history books, NewcastleWorld takes a look back at the words spoken by key figures at United and those from outside of the club throughout a season where everything changed on Tyneside.
1. Steve Bruce tempers transfer expectations early in pre-season
Steve Bruce following a 1-1 pre-season friendly draw at Rotherham United. “I’ve always said, from day one, that people have to be patient. I think they understand that we haven’t got a bucket load of money to spend on them. So, we’re just going to have to be patient.” Photo: Getty Images
2. Willock signs - and he’s the only one!
Steve Bruce on signing Joe Willock, his only summer addition “I want to thank Lee Charnley in particular for the work he has put in to make the deal happen. The club have gone above and beyond to make it possible. Joe is a wonderful young player with all the attributes you want in a midfielder, and he certainly proved that during his time with us last season.” Photo: Pool
3. Bruce unhappy with questions about an early-season trip to Portugal during an international break
After a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United, Bruce said: “Do you think I really have to answer that to you? That’s what the fans are asking, are they? We have trained all week, and we were in every day. The preparation was meticulous, let me tell you.” Photo: PA
4. Gary Neville bemoans the lack of hope.
Former Manchester United and England star Gary Neville ahead of the Leeds United game in September: “It’s really depressing hearing fans who are passionate about the club, love the city, but haven’t got the one thing that all fans need: hope. You have to have hope, and Newcastle haven’t had it.” Photo: Julian Finney