The feeling has already started - the one you get in the pit of your stomach. It rises up through you, and almost shakes you with excitement. And that can only mean one thing - the new football season is almost upon us. Newcastle United kick-off their 2015-16 campaign by hosting Southampton at St James' Park on Sunday - and then there will be at least another 37 Premier League games and two cup matches, but hopefully more, before the season is finished next May. Steve McClaren and his coaching staff have arrived on Tyneside and have replaced the Alan Pardew-John Carver regime. Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba have all been recruited as well, so there seems to be a fresh feel at Newcastle United - particularly after Mike Ashley's bold promises on the final day of last season. But is that really the case? Will Newcastle actually throw off the shackles this season and achieve the stated goals for McClaren of finishing in the Premier League's top eight and winning a cup competition? Magpies writers Ross Tweddell (@TwedzTweets) and Matt Smith (@ElasticoChop) have sat down with WhatCulture.com/NUFC's Newcastle United editor Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh), and the trio have discussed their predictions ahead of the Magpies' 2015-16 campaign. So who from the Magpies' squad do WhatCulture.com/NUFC's Newcastle United writers expect to excel in 2015-16? Where do they think Newcastle will finish in the Premier League? And do they expect McClaren to achieve his stated goals?
NUFC editor for WhatCulture.com/NUFC. History graduate (University of Edinburgh) and NCTJ-trained journalist. I love sports, hopelessly following Newcastle United and Newcastle Falcons. My pastimes include watching and attending sports matches religiously, reading spy books and sampling ales.