Football is not too dissimilar to a members club. Like any other club it is comprised of like-minded individuals who hold similar beliefs, have had similar experiences and who generally have a similar take on things.
Mike Newell: Time to name those names (ChristopherLee/GettyImages)
While rivalries exist within the club, and maybe not everyone exchanges Christmas cards, by and large the club is a swell thing to be part of, full of genial bonhomie and banter.
Like all clubs there are rules and taboos. New members are welcome, but until you are part of the fixtures and fittings don't, whatever you do, rock the boat; cause a stir and you could be black balled before you know it, as Mike Newell is surely about to find out.
After sensationally speaking out this week and re-introducing us all to the word 'bung', while there are many in the club who will applaud the Luton Town manager, there are others who certainly will not.
Newell could very well have just spoilt a very good thing for a lot of managers and they will not thank him for it; he is about to become persona non grata.
Some of his fellow managers may stop returning his calls and if Newell found it difficult to deal with agents before, the rest of the transfer window will surely prove to be an uncomfortable time.
Next week, Newell will present himself at the Football Association to substantiate claims that, during his relatively brief managerial career, he has been offered bungs by agents and club officials. Crucially Newell has promised to name names.
Newell's meeting at Soho Square could prove to be the most incendiary moment in English football since 1993 when, during a high court libel case against Terry Venables, Sir Alan Sugar uttered the immortal words 'Cloughie likes a bung'.
Those four words sparked an enquiry into the little-known, but widely suspected practise of brown envelopes being exchanged at motorway service stations in order to grease the wheels of transfer deals. Sugar's comment related to Tottenham's signing of Teddy Sheringham from Nottingham Forest, a deal which was only made possible after it was agreed that Brian Clough would personally make £50,000 on the transfer. Ill-health was all that spared Clough a court case.
The most high-profile casualty of the war on bungs was George Graham who was sacked as manager of Arsenal in 1995 and suspended from football management for a year by the FA after being found guilty of accepting £475,000 from the now notorious agent, Rune Hague.
Since then little has been heard of bungs and backhanders. But as far as Newell is concerned that does not mean that the practise has stopped, in fact he is adamant that if he were open to inducements he could quite easily feather his bed.
I know I have opened up a can of worms but it should have been opened a long time ago
It is not perhaps the fact that bungs are still being offered that has shocked the FA, but perhaps the idea it is not limited to agents and that club officials are guilty too.
'I will present evidence of how a club official, a director, offered me a sweetener - a bribe - to sell him one of our players when we (Luton) were in administration', said Newell.
The former Hartlepool boss added: 'Agents have offered me cuts of transfer deals. I haven't got a long list to present to the FA, but there are instances I do know about.
'I know I have opened up a can of worms but it should have been opened a long time ago. I didn't want to know about the sort of money being offered, so I wouldn't go into sums - I wanted to be able to sleep at night.
'But what I know about my level in the Football League is one thing - knowing the huge sums involved on players in the Premier League, these sweeteners must be massive.'
As well as being ostracised by his contemporaries and effectively making it impossible, at least in the short-term, to deal with agents, the biggest problem for Newell is the burden of proof; his word will only count for so much, after all those implicated are hardly likely to hold their hand aloft and come quietly.
Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League says Newell has a 'duty to football' to substantiate his claims. Newell has no problem with that. But surely football has a duty to Newell, to ensure that the evidence he presents is investigated fully and diligently. The risk for Newell is that his courageous stance ends up backfiring; football's duty is to ensure this does not happen.
Graham Bean, the FA's former compliance officer, or 'Bung-Buster' as the tabloids named him, told the The Independent: 'As far as I can recall, the FA have never, ever had a situation where someone has offered to come in, name names, and drop evidence in their laps to pursue in this way.
However, Bean warned against moral crusaders getting too carried away, adding: 'When it actually comes to 'cards on the table' time, I'm not sure things will be so clear-cut. Unless you're an investigator, it's hard to appreciate the detail you need: who, what, when, where and why all this happened, and sufficient proof to make a charge stand up. But if the FA take this forward, this could be a massive step.'
Newell has never had an agent; perhaps if he had he would have been advised to keep his mouth shut.
Hopefully his decision to speak out will prove to be a good thing for football and Newell himself, but turbulent times lie ahead for both.