Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has revealed why former manager Chris Hughton lost his job.
The former Republic of Ireland international took over the reins, initially on a temporary basis, after the Magpies had slipped out of the Barclays Premier League at the end of the 2008-09 season, and steered them back into the big time as champions at the first attempt.
However, in December 2010 and to the fury of many fans, he was replaced by incumbent Alan Pardew and Llambias told the Evening Chronicle: "Chris was a really good guy - look what he's doing with Birmingham. He's done an incredible job with a club in crisis, and he's pushed it through."
He added: "He's got the skill factors. I wish him good luck for the future.
"We had a different view of where we wanted to be and what sort of character we needed to push this dressing room further.
"That was the decision. It wasn't a question of skill fits or somebody doing a bad job. We needed to kick on - that's what happened.
"Alan, we felt, had all the ingredients for what we needed for us personally."
That decision by Llambias and owner Mike Ashley has worked well for the club despite the ill-feeling it caused with the Magpies currently sitting in sixth place in the table and still in with a shout of European qualification.
However, Pardew was recruited in part because he would fight his own corner, and Llambias has revealed he does just that.
He said: "We fall out, don't worry! Then we have a little hug and we are OK again. If you are all lovey-dovey all the time, it just won't work."