Michael Owen is feeling positive about Newcastle United's prospects for 2015/16.
The pundit told Colossus Bets that he feels his former club are heading in the right direction, under a manager for who he enjoyed a successful spell up front for England.
He said: "I think Steve McClaren could do well at Newcastle. I do like him as a manager and he is one of the best coaches I worked with in my career, and Newcastle have paid big money for three players in the summer.
"I wouldn’t rule out a top-10 placing for my old club."
His comments are at odds with Robbie Savage, who earlier this week told Breathe Sport he forecast that Newcastle will finish in the bottom three this season and be relegated.
He even cited Steve McClaren as a reason for their potential relegation, citing his failure to get Derby County promoted as cause for fans to be cautious and temper their expectations.
Newcastle narrowly survived the drop last year, but have bought well this summer, and it is fair to say most supporters would buy into the same positive mood as Owen at present, rather than Robbie Savage's pessimism.
Their first game of the season is on Sunday at home to Southampton, and the team will be keen to record a home win and get their campaign off to a perfect start.