Shola Ameobi: "It's certainly going to be really difficult to replicate what we did last season.
"Just look at teams such as Liverpool and Chelsea - I can't see them doing as badly this time in terms of where they finished in the league last season, so we are going to have to raise the bar again.
"If we did manage to do that, for me, it would mean finishing in a European spot again this season.
"Certainly, as I look back at my career with Newcastle, to do that this time would be our biggest every achievement.
"There is not much chaos around these days, which is unusual when you look at what's happened over the years here. But it's fantastic.
"The manager and staff have built a good team and it's now all about the football, and that's great to see. It's brilliant to be part of that."