Lee Ryder has an article in the Chronicle with an interview from our talented central defender Fabian Schar.
Fabian has been quiet since his return to this preseason. He did send out a tweet saying “back on track” upon his return and also when he won NUFC TV Goal of the Season for his stunning strike against Burnley.
However, there were concerning links away for the player who had an outstanding first season at Newcastle. We kind of had an uneasy feeling about Fabian and how he truly felt about the situation with Rafa Benitez. We also had the same concerns with Martin Dubravka, who will hopefully start in tomorrow’s final preseason match against St-Etienne.
Fabian Schar– became a star last year
Fabian was linked with AC Milan this summer and you could just imagine him flourishing in Italy. So the link was very concerning.
But Fabian has given an interview and has spoken of his focus for Newcastle. To be honest, it is very comforting to hear him speak so highly of this club.
Here is a bit of what he said about the links away and his focus on Newcastle:
“I had a really good season last season and I am looking forward to this one.
“The rest is not something I can control.
“People, can write things but I can’t affect that.
“I am really happy here and looking forward to the next season.
“I love this club, the fans and I have almost everything I need.
“I am really happy.
“Football is big business, there are so many things that happen so fast, and written down and not true.
“The players have to just focus on the football and that’s what I am doing.”
Phew, we are very happy to hear this from the Swiss international. He seems to be very focused on his job at Newcastle.
To be fair, all the players have displayed the same focus and commitment to the club despite the turmoil of this preseason.
It is a credit to their professionalism that not one player has demanded a move after Rafa Benitez’s departure. We really have a smashing bunch of lads at the club. It augurs well for the season ahead that they show such solidarity.
This is some of what Schar has said about Steve Bruce and his impact at the club so far:
“You can see on the pitch what he wants from us and the system he wants us to play fits our players.
“We feel really good and happy.
“The players are happy now to get on with this manager.
“We want to make a good start to the season now.
“Every player has to give 100 per cent and work hard for the team.
“It’s going to be a big season for us.”
One thing we have noticed is that all the players have come out in support of Steve Bruce and Fabian is no different. The mantra coming out of the club is to move forward. This is what you would want from the players.
It is time to move forward. Nothing can be done to change the past. The players are focused on the task at hand and if they can bring this into the new season they will hopefully be just fine.
We have to remember this is a talented group of players. We still have yet to see what a full season of Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron, and Sean Longstaff can do.
While Steve Bruce is not Rafa Benitez, he is a very sensible manager. This will be the most talented group he may ever have had at his disposal. It is going to be a big season for Bruce and the team.
Fabian closes his interview with the following:
“I think everyone likes the new manager.
“His character towards the players, he jokes sometimes with us, and that gives us something our team needs.
“We are really happy to work with him and I am too.”
Steve Bruce has come into the cauldron and got right down to work. The focus of this group in not letting outside distractions affect them is really impressive.
While everything hinges on results, the tone being set by the players will be vital going into the season. With a few more additions, this squad can still be successful.
This does not have to be a rebuilding project. If Steve Bruce can build on what is here and if he is backed by the owner, then this season does not have to be a disaster.
80 comments so far
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:21 AMComment #1
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:22 AMComment #2
Shout out to Myself, for being better than everyone else!!
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:26 AMComment #3
In Ashley’s interview he said that he would be happy for the fans to examine the books.
This is something that NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) can get behind. (I understand that they cannot openly espouse boycotting etc)
Use some of the cash we gave them to hire an independent Auditor. Of course it was all bluster from A$$ LIE but his bluff should be called. It would be yet another nail in the coffin of his lies.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:26 AMComment #4
Open Magpie Group meeting this wednesday 7th of august 7pm at the Irish centre in newcastle. Get yourself down. Meet the group and join us.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:27 AMComment #5
Worrying read! These type of players are no good unless their head is in the game. As good as HBA could have been, ON AVERAGE he was terrible for Newcastle. let’s hope ASM is not going to be a disaster. Exciting potential though tbf.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:27 AMComment #6
In Schar, Lejeune and Lascelles we have 3 of the finest centre backs in the league in my opinion.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:30 AMComment #7
No word on the club website about broadcasting tomorrow’s
game vs St Etienne
I found a few streams on youtube but they look v dodgy
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:30 AMComment #8
Let’s just hope that Bruce can achieve what Rafa done and bring the best out of players such as schar.
Maybe the players can pass on Rafa’s wisdom and help make the newcomers just as good.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:31 AMComment #9
We should chip in for Scunnymags to send their
fella on a cameraman’s course.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:34 AMComment #10
The Boycott Arsenal poll.
Boycott got 84 hearts.
To not boycott got 21.
On that basis we should have a crowd of only 10,000 for the game.
My prediction. 47,000. I will go to the game and find folks going in as normal.
A boycott will only work if it is total with all supporters behind it. An empty stadium essentially for Sky and all.
Very difficult to organise. I would say impossible.
Will I be very principled and boycott because I believe in it. No I will be very practical. If it’s not going to work I won’t do it. I will go to the ground and make my decision at the last minute.
JP...from The Rock
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:35 AMComment #11
Great to hear that coming from Schar. Quality player that we will depend on heavily this coming season. If we pull off the signing of Saint-Maximin and N’Soki plus a decent striker that knows the league we will be set for a solid season I think. It depends if Steve Bruce can cope with it all and keep us heading in the right direction. The players seem to like him but we need points when the cookie crumbles. Let’s see. It would be a dying shame if we are relegated with such a talented bunch of players ala McClaren. Still think Bruce is slightly better than McClaren tbh. Bruce has never had such a talented group of players to work with while McClaren did and was still hopeless.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:38 AMComment #12
Benbulben that’s a big statement considering not one of them would get close to the top 10 best centre backs in the league.
Lascelles can be pretty poor at times, Lejeune is very slow and going to be even slower this year with both his ligaments needing surgery, which is going to be a liability. Schar is better going forward than defending, and most definitely not the complete package defensively.
Why say things that just arent true? I’m not trying to have a go, I just dont get your reasoning.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:39 AMComment #13
Posada “My prediction. 47,000. I will go to the game and find folks going in as normal.
A boycott will only work if it is total with all supporters behind it”
So don’t go to the bloomin game then.
Did you really write that with a straight face? Ever heard of showing solidarity?
Remind me to never go into battle with some on here….
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
#BoycottAshley ( OP)
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:39 AMComment #14
Best squad Bruce has had?
Load of shite
JP...from The Rock
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:39 AMComment #15
Shame about the run in to the season is probably one of our toughest starts to a season. We will lucky to nick a few points and that could seriously dent our players confidence for the upcoming season, especially the new lads.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:41 AMComment #16
I see that Sky are now broadcasting 7 of our first 10 games live.
Home games against Manchester United (now a 4.30pm start on Sunday October 6th) and Wolves (now 2pm on Sunday October 27th) have been selected for transmission by Sky Sports.
That’s rather surprising for me – will we have the largest amount of first 10 games televised in the UK?
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:42 AMComment #17
Stick to saying first on every new article like a 7 year old.
They are , all 3 , fine central defenders who should flourish
under Bruce who was one of England’s finest CB’s in the
last 50 years.
#BoycottAshley ( OP)
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:43 AMComment #18
Do people forget the squad Bruce had at Sunderland, the one we have isn’t better.
Point out a foward like Bent who CAN score in the prem
Hes managed plenty of decent players, you dont remember because the football was shit.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:44 AMComment #19
I really don’t think Rafa and Ashley liked each other at all and as Neil Harrison is now saying it is time to move on.
Bruce has a Premier League points per game total of 1.12. That would get you 42 points. He managed crap teams like Hull and Sunderland so maybe that was a minor miracle like Rafa claimed about us last year. Rafa got us 45 points and 13th last year remember and oversaw the worst start in 100 years.
I would still rather have Rafa than Bruce but I think him and Ashley were butting heads.
It is what it is. We need to get on with it.
At least they are spending some money now.
#BoycottAshley ( OP)
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:44 AMComment #20
Its pretty easy to see what people think about Bruce when the excuses are rolling out over a week before the start of the season.
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Aug 2, 2019 at 9:44 AMComment #21
Great noises from Schar, good player who I think has the intelligence to continue improving as a defender. He is not yet the finished article. Not only that but he our leading scorer!!
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:45 AMComment #22
Micky I read a while back (it may have changed) that the
Sky Sports exec responsible for match selection is a Toon fan
and when it’s a toss up which match to broadcast – NUFC always win
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:47 AMComment #23
Its pretty easy to see what you think about Bruce
with your incessant whining
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:48 AMComment #24
I sure will Jib, especially if it annoys people. Even if you’re being sarcastic asf lol
Billy Whitehursts V sign
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:49 AMComment #25
Conversation last night about how to set up to get the best out of Shelvey. I like Shelvey and with real pace ahead of him he could excel. However, it is well to remember that he hasn’t always been a 1st choice. No shame at Liverpool but Ki has been picked ahead of him at both Swansea and Newcastle.
Ki provides consistency of performance and managers love that. He is often overlooked in discussions but is a really good player.
#BoycottAshley ( OP)
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:51 AMComment #26
Like you I think hes a fool who’d do anything for attention.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:52 AMComment #27
The thing I hate about bruce and the reason hes a poor manager is because hes lazy. He has no desire or work ethic which is what made Rafa great. Even in Bruce’s interviews you can read between the lines he hasn’t a clue about most things the way he gives vague generic answers, because hes lazy.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:53 AMComment #28
All of you boycotters.
Most of us believe Ashley has mismanaged the club. But not all of us agree with a boycott. A boycott can do more harm than good. Do we really want a bad atmosphere at SJP at the first game of the season?!
Our club is not the owner or even the Manager, They come and go.
A boycott will not work. They never do.
Again: I will be shocked if more than 2,000 are on the march from SD to SJP but some on here will claim success because they will hand out A4 cards to the many who rightly do not like Ashley. 47-48k at the Arsenal game and lots of lame excuses from the boycott (dis)organisers.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:53 AMComment #29
how much do you get for being televised 1 2 mill i cant remember any way i am sure i just heard ashley go cha ching
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:53 AMComment #30
Is there gonna be a Bruce bingo this season? 😉
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:54 AMComment #31
OP: is Neil Harrison also rolling out excuses?
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:55 AMComment #32
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:57 AMComment #33
Billy Whitehursts V sign
The thing is we are building a side that can change formation
at the drop of a hat which Rafa never seemed to favour much
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:58 AMComment #34
Irish Rob: I doubt Bruce would have got very far under Alex Ferguson with no work ethic, as you say.
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:59 AMComment #35
Embarrassingly Bruce probably has the biggest gut and fattest belly of any manager in the league. Why? Because hes too lazy to work it off. It genuinely makes me cringe when I see it, that we have a slovenly pig as our manager!
Aug 2, 2019 at 9:59 AMComment #36
ashley turning the screw on rangers
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Aug 2, 2019 at 10:00 AMComment #37
It is hard not to get excited by watching this guy !! I suppose the main concerns with him are end product and will he contribute defensively enough? A front 3 of Almiron , Linton and ASM is rapid and full of potential but they need to be able to press teams and not leave their fullback exposed….
Watched the Hibs highlights and I will say Shelvey finds Almiron and Manquillo lots of times with some lovely passes ASM will be a good target for him to hit!!
Aug 2, 2019 at 10:00 AMComment #38
There will be thousands of ASHLEY OUT A4 cards but less than 2,000 on the SD to SJP march and more than 47k at the game.
Aug 2, 2019 at 10:01 AMComment #39
Tony seriously who are you? And why are you making excuses for him. It’s not going to work, wrre BOYCOTTING simple as!
Aug 2, 2019 at 10:02 AMComment #40
I’m not exactly a fan who can attend every game as you tell by the name..
But I go to maybe 5-10 home games a season and go to every away game which is in London.
A boycott is not the way to get the fat controller out because at the end of the day 47k turn up on the match day.
We as Nufc fans should support the team through thick and thin.
Get behind the team and manager, show our passion towards the people on the pitch all of the majority doing this will make us more attractive to potential owners wanting to buy the club. Forget about ashley he won’t be here forever and support your club.