Newcastle United's long-serving physio on the 'volcano' that was the takeover and Eddie Howe's Keegan-like arrival

Former Newcastle United physio Derek Wright inset picture, in front of a celebration scene outside St James' Park in October 2021 when Newcastle United were taken over
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He joined the Magpies backroom team way back in 1984 but even Newcastle United's head physio Derek Wright had never witnessed scenes like he saw when the club were taken over in October 2021.

"It felt like a volcano erupting," explains Wright to FourFourTwo. Positivity swept over everyone, not just the fans celebrating with their cans. 

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and two Champions League finals. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has a deep knowledge on the history and culture of football shirts.

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