No storm at Newcastle despite patchy start thanks to Howe’s calm influence | Newcastle United

When Chris Hughton arrived at Newcastle’s training ground for the first time, the mere act of opening his car door threatened to dispatch him to the medical room.

The club’s former manager would subsequently joke that the capricious gust of wind which almost separated his right arm from its socket was a metaphor for the persistent turbulence then afflicting St James’ Park employees.

Almost a decade after Hughton’s eventual sacking in 2010, Steve Bruce signalled that little had changed. “There’s always a storm in Newcastle,” moaned Eddie Howe’s predecessor. “After two…

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