End of an era at Newcastle United – as Eddie Howe faces his ‘Kevin Keegan on the steps’ moment

Newcastle United team photograph with Kieran Trippier, Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson and Joelinton's faces greyed out
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This week marked two years since a win away at Leeds sparked the turnaround at Newcastle United that led them to the Champions League.

On Saturday 22 January 2022 the club were ten games into the Eddie Howe era. Of those games they had won just one, drawn four and lost five, including an embarrassing home defeat to then League One club Cambridge United in the FA Cup.

Confidence was non-existent. Newcastle were 19th in the league, four points from safety. Leeds meanwhile were four positions ahead of them. A win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side would’ve taken them to tenth in the league.

But Newcastle narrowly triumphed after weathering a storm in Yorkshire. Leeds dominated but missed several chances, Martin Dubravka performed miracles in goal and Jonjo Shelvey squeezed in a freekick that secured Eddie Howe an unquantifiable win.

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