The Premier League is back this weekend, and after a summer of frantic activity off the pitch, Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United must now prove their worth on it.
A host of new signings, including Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere, have arrived at St. James’ Park since last term’s disappointing finish. Much is expected of them.
However, their task couldn’t be tougher on the opening day, with reigning champions Manchester City providing the opposition after having spent £50 million in the transfer market themselves.
In the eyes of many Magpies fans, Pardew remains on trial after a disastrous run last season, and the 53-year-old knows better than anyone that the time to deliver is now.
As the curtain finally rises on the 2014-15 campaign, Bleacher Report looks at some of the key decisions the Toon boss must make against Manuel Pellegrini’s men.