Changing of the guards at SJP?
In the aftermath of relegation two years ago there is no doubt that "player power" laid the foundations of Chris Hughton's subsequent Coca-Cola Championship triumph.
With Tyneside losing its head and silence coming from within the four walls of St James' Park, a stand needed to be made.
Just over two years ago, bemused players returned for pre-season training with many of them not knowing who would be in charge of the team, let alone if they were going to stay.
With Alan Shearer sidelined and the camp split over whether he should have remained in charge, it was down to Hughton to lead the troops.
Hughton was never in a position to shout the odds at a group of players still wounded after relegation.
And so, he used his senior players as a lever to ignite a positive start to the season.
Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Geremi and Steve Harper were all part of the controversial "Players Committee".
The first the Press knew of the formation of the group was at the most unlikeliest destination - Dundee United's Tannadice!
United's opening friendly of the pre-season of 2009/10 was at Shamrock Rovers with many players vocal of the situation at St James' Park.
Just as frustrated as the fans, Toon stars vented their frustrations in Ireland but it sent out the wrong signal in the eyes of some.
And with Hughton and Colin Calderwood keen to keep spirits high, the handful of local journalists who made the journey to Dundee were told that only one player would be coming out to do the talking.
This was unusual but understandable from the point of view of the players who had to keep it positive with a division of teams in the Championship baying for their blood!
Of course, the infamous Leyton Orient 6-1 hammering was to follow and gradually the Players Committe simply asked: "Who's in, who's out."
It resulted in the departure of Oba Martins, Seb Bassong, Damien Duff and Habib Beye who seemingly did not have the stomach to go to Barnsley, Scunthorpe and Doncaster.
But Nolan and Smith and Co clearly did.
Two years on, and as so often happens in football, it appears that in the eyes of Newcastle United: "No indvidual is bigger than the club."
With Nolan unable to agree a new deal with United and West Ham circling, Smith told he can go and Joey Barton knowing his future is limited at Newcastle, it is not difficult to see that the Magpies are prepared - if they have to - to go with a fresh approach and a new stamp on the team.
In reality, Smith would be relying on a major injury crisis to get back into the team.
And would Nolan's influence and 12 goals last season, automatically get him in a fully fit midifeld with Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa and Gosling in the running too?
Certainly Nolan's presence at United in the past few seasons has been crucial - and who would replace him as the natural leader?
Either way, it appears that United are prepared to - if they have to - make the bold move of moving forward without the men who have laid the foundations for the current stable position of the Magpies.