A public row between John Carver and Mike Williamson late last season laid bare a desperate club.
Newcastle were in the midst of a battle for survival amid a losing streak, and a red card for the defender against Leicester City saw Carver take the unprecedented route of claiming he did so deliberately to avoid playing for the club in the upcoming matches.
His comments caused an uproar, with both manager and player feeling the backlash.
Williamson defended himself, telling The Mail: "I can genuinely say that I feel privileged to play for this football club. I would never do anything intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters."
Since fired by Newcastle and replaced with Steve McClaren, John Carver has admitted he handled the situation very badly.
He told The Telegraph: "I embarrassed Mike Williamson and I embarrassed myself, but I still believe I did it for the right reasons and I embarrassed him into performing the next time he played. I apologised to Mike for going public. I had to go and find him to go through it.
"But Mike was fine and after the two-match suspension, he actually played well."
Carver's comments were seen as both amateurish and desperate, statuses which his CV would suggest he is above, but the club's form at the time saw it come as little surprise, despite the remarkable frankness of his words.
Now acknowledging he handled it badly, it's likely he would not do the same again, but it's also a long shot to predict he will be managing the club he loves in such high pressure circumstances either.