NEWCASTLE boss Eddie Howe will turn to two Toon legends to help bring the good times back.
Howe exclusively told SunSport he would not hesitate to get advice from Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer to keep St James’ Park rocking.
Former England superstars Keegan and Shearer are two of the biggest names ever to wear the famous black and white stripes and are revered on Tyneside.
TV pundit and Newcastle fan Shearer, 51, is the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 148 goals from 303 games.
Keegan, 71, came desperately close to leading Toon to the Premier League title in the mid-90s.
Howe, 44, said: “Yes, I have spoken to Alan and we have been in touch through texts.
“His knowledge of this football club is second to none.
“That was a really important conversation as well.
“Everywhere you go people talk about the legacy he left here.
“A hugely respected figure, of course, and it goes without saying what he did for the club.”
The anticipation of Newcastle fans is high as they are now the richest club in the world thanks to new Saudi Arabian owners.
Howe masterminded Newcastle’s Prem survival last season after they had been written off as relegation certs before Christmas.
A remarkable transformation saw his team finish the season in 11th place after picking up 49 points.
Howe made sure he spoke to King Kev before heading north to take on one of the biggest jobs in football.
Keegan scored 48 goals in 78 appearances for the Magpies before leading them to the second-tier title when he returned as boss eight years later.
In the 1993-94 season his Toon boys finished third in the Premier League and qualified for the Uefa Cup.
Two years later the Magpies were pipped to the title by Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United after throwing away a 12-point lead in early February.
Howe added: “You have to be meticulous in your planning if you want to be successful.
“It was important for me to try to embrace everything to do with Newcastle’s successful past to try to bring Newcastle a successful future.
“I think it’s important for our players now, who are representing the club, to understand the past and celebrate people who have been a big success at the football club.
“There were a few things I wanted to talk to Kevin about to get a greater understanding of Newcastle.
“I wanted to pick the brains of someone that probably understands Newcastle the most.
“I just wanted to educate myself really and show respect to one of Newcastle’s greatest ever players and managers.
“I hope it won’t be a one-off. I will certainly reach out and try to speak to him again very soon.”