Heading into 2015, Alan Pardew was a man under severe pressure. Newcastle fans wanted him out and his position looked untenable.
Surely owner Mike Ashley would finally pull the trigger - as much as he didn't want to. The aggression from supporters seemed to guarantee it.
And that ultimately did lead to Pardew's departure. Just not the way most were expecting.
Indeed, the Magpies boss stood up and took his future into his own hands. He joined Crystal Palace at the start of last year - and hasn't looked back since.
Of all the managerial changes in 2015, none panned out better. Even if, as many rival fans keep warning, everything will fall apart for Pardew eventually. Even if, as many rival fans suggest, Pardew is still only enjoying his honeymoon period at Selhurst Park.
At the start of 2016, Crystal Palace sit fifth in the Premier League table. For Newcastle, without the 54-year-old, things have remained equally bleak. In terms of points and their position in the standings, they have gotten far worse.
But that's not to criticise Newcastle or their fans. It's not even to praise Crystal Palace under Pardew. The best thing about the whole episode was the vision showed by both the Eagles and the manager himself. The vision to see a way out of a tough spot - and to completely transform a managerial career, as well as the trajectory of a whole club.