And while Newcastle are short-priced favourites at 7-4 to be crowned Championship kings, the Toon Army would be barmy not to wager some hard-earned cash on that outcome.
That’s the view of St James’ Park legend Malcolm Macdonald, who predicts a return to the Premier League at the first attempt under manager Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle, who kick off the season at Fulham on Friday, will also be a top-six top-flight side within the next four years in Supermac’s eyes.
And Benitez will do it his way – refusing to bow to any pressure from owner Mike Ashley’s boardroom or from within the dressing room.
Player-power will definitely not rule under the Spaniard, with Georginio Wijnaldum already shipped out to Liverpool and Moussa Sissoko tipped by Macdonald to follow him through the Gallowgate End door.