There is no doubt about it: things need to change for Alan Pardew's Newcastle United, and fast. The Magpies endured a miserable 2012-13, which means right from the start of the season, their manager will be under pressure to deliver or else lose his job.
Sixteenth place in the league was a disaster for one of England's most supported clubs. Newcastle finished the season just five points shy of the relegation zone, causing many fans to fret over a possible return to the Championship from which they only escaped in 2010.
Pardew is known as a pragmatic, no-frills type of boss, so any supporters expecting great tactical surprises from him as we creep towards the start of 2013-14 will most likely be disappointed.
There are a few names, however, that could breathe new life into the stuttering Magpies while staying faithful to the manager's favoured style.