Tomorrow is a chance for Newcastle United fans to go and watch the players train at St James Park, with an open day giving free access to supporters.

However, that then is followed by a frantic 24 day period (starting Sunday) that could well go a long way to informing us all about the upcoming season expectations.

Starting on the 9 August, in that time period Newcastle play four of last season’s top eight teams, confront the first cup-tie of the season and the summer transfer window comes to a close.

4 August – Newcastle United open day at St James Park (click HERE for details)

9 August – Newcastle v Southampton 1.30pm (First Premier League match of season)

10 August (Week commencing) Draw for League Cup 2nd Round

15 August – Swansea v Newcastle 3pm

22 August – Man Utd v Newcastle United 12.45pm

24 August (Week commencing) Newcastle play League Cup 2nd Round

29 August – Newcastle v Arsenal 12.45pm

1 September – Summer transfer window closes (at 6pm)

The four Premier League fixtures above, produced three defeats and a draw last season – a good start would be a massive lift…we don’t want to wait until October (18th last season) for our first league win this time.

The final full week of August will see just how different our approach is to the cups after Mike Ashley’s ‘brave new world’ speech of trying to win something.

Sandwiched between Premier League matches against Manchester United and Arsenal, what will Steve McClaren do to satisfy both Mike Ashley and the fans?

The summer transfer window – whilst fans are generally upbeat by the signings made so far, I don’t think I have met anybody who doesn’t think more signings are desperately needed.

Will we see sales or buys…or both?