After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Newcastle are looking to bounce back, but how do our writers think Steve McClaren's new side will fare?
Following a disappointing 2014/15 campaign that culminated in the arrival of former Derby and England manager Steve McClaren, Newcastle United supporters will be hoping for an improved performance this time round.
The club have made a number of astute signings this summer, following the arrival Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba, but ultimately the Magpies could fail to live up to the fans' expectations.
Chris Linnell: Steve McClaren has invested wisely during his first summer in charge at St. James Park, and after the disappointment of last season, the Toon army will be expecting a top ten finish.
Billy Hawkins: Never in danger of relegation under Steve McClaren, but not the progression expected
Michael Stevenson: Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic are promising signings but they will need to hit the ground running in a Newcastle team severely lacking in depth.
Lewis Doe: Steve McClaren could struggle to give Newcastle fans the season they are looking for.
Tim Poole: Steve McClaren may be perfect for the Magpies in that mid-table is supposedly good enough for Mike Ashley.
Stephen Pickering: The Magpies could be in trouble this season, especially if the squad don’t buy into Steve McClaren’s philosophy early into the season. The new signings of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic look good on paper, but still need to adapt to the Premier League. Key player: Papiss Cisse
Che Thomas: Newcastle should certainly be expecting to do better than last year, but so far all of their new signings will be making steps up in terms of the quality of the leagues they were playing in last year. Coupled with the fact they are young players, it’s hard to predict how they’ll get on. Arguably still need strengthening throughout the side.
Mathew Nash: A new gaffer, some great new signings, but Newcastle won’t pull roots this season. Comfortable campaign perhaps, hopefully a cup run can instil excitement.
Olly Dawes: Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic are superb signings, but much will depend on new manager Steve McClaren, who hasn't managed in the Premier League for almost ten years. Growing pains are expected.
Damien Lucas: Despite replacing Steve McLaren halfway through the season, the Magpies turn things around and after flirting with relegation at the halfway stage finish the season quite comfortably.
Freddie Shires: Aleksandar Mitrovic and co. will show some promising signs here and there but Steve McClaren’s top-flight return will be filled with teething problems for the most part.
Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.
And here it is:
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