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Howe Confirms Contract Talks With Defender To Begin Shortly

Eddie Howe’s press conference this morning started with two questions on his center-backs. Both Dan Burn and Fabian Schar have solidified Newcastle’s backline over the past three matches.

The first question was aimed at Dan Burn’s impact since his arrival from Saturday’s opponent Brighton on deadline day. Howe revealed the 29-year-old has conducted himself superbly at his hometown club.

Burn has impressed behind the scenes as well as in training. He took his chance against Aston Villa and has now started the past three matches alongside Fabian Schar.

The focus then shifted to the Swiss international. Schar has started all but one of Newcastle’s matches since Howe took the reins on Tyneside. He’s been one of the Magpies to receive a new lease on life since Howe’s appointment.

Howe was asked about Schar’s future at the club with his contract running out in the summer. Here was his response:

“Fabian is someone, as I’ve said before, I’ve always admired.

“He’s a really good footballing center-back. The most important thing for me is defending. Take away the footballing side, he’s defended very well.

“He’s another one that’s trained very well. We’re aware of his contract situation and we’ll be sitting down and discussing things with his agent very shortly.”

The Burn/Schar partnership has got the job done over the past three matches conceding just once over that span. Schar’s future looked all but over before Howe’s arrival. He’s now in line for a new contract which should go down well with the fans.

Howe has a very solid group of center-backs with Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez waiting in the wings. They may get their chance at some point next week when Newcastle have three away matches in just seven days.

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17 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll take a first considering I wasn’t looking for it 😀

  • Adamn_92

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    My last comment on the previous post was just a tad too soon haha

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    What soap box was I on?

  • onmeedsun

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Staveley has messed up with her comments about the Russian having to sell Chelski. She needs to think some of her thoughts through as the media are just waiting to jump all over anything remotely contentious. She obviously said it because of our relationship with PIF and Saudi, and doesn’t want something similar to happen to us. But she hasn’t read the room. She should have condemned the Russian invasion and said nothing about Abramovich. I think she needs to issue a further statement today as this will only create a negative atmosphere around the club. Don’t be surprised if we lose tomorrow as a result. I think the less she says in public the better.

  • tom

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail …

    maybe wrights coal tar soap 😆

  • Wor B

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6


    She could issue a “on reflection” type retraction, but I suspect her best line is to just shut up about it!

  • tom

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon fans bad…

    yea mate i googled it as we dont know what what effect the disease has on a day to day basis with her . cant be nice for living with it on a day today basis …

    might change my name to WOR TOM has a canny ring to it …

  • Sparky

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    she should have said nothing…because as soon as she condemns Russia for invading and bombing Ukraine, she would have to condemn KSA for bombing their neighbours.

    Say Nowt Amanda…it’s the future

  • tom

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Sparky …

    agree mate …

  • Toon fans bad

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail @1

    Right in the onion bag, back of the net. Good drills.

    However I reckon I would have got it if I wanted it 😆

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    No, seriously tom, you huff and puff when you feel you have been wronged, what soap box was I on that made you feel the need to type that, Being Mund’s useful idiot all the time isn’t really that clever.

  • WLtoon

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    For me Schar is one o the first names on the starting line up , he has been superb of late, he, along with two or three others deserves and improved contract.
    I would hate to lose him to another club in this kind of form.

  • Sparky

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    ooof…that’s me off for an hour on me bike!

    Take it easy lads…we’re playing footy the morra…I’m hoping we’re talking footy when I come back on later

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll

  • barkel

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    onmeedsun – I think that’s an overreaction mate. A negative atmosphere around the club because of one comment? We’re on our best run of form in over a decade, I don’t think anyone is that soft that they’ll let what Amanda said affect their performance.

  • Adamn_92

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Her comments are sadly being reported on by a lot of media outlets now. Even MOTD’s facebook page has put them up an hour ago!

    Exactly the type of negative media press and negative PR around the club we didn’t need. Goes full circle and makes everyone talk about PIF again and Saudi links with the club.

    Everything was going so smoothly and positively, was such an easily avoidable thing. I’m sure she’ll be told about it and briefed so that it doesn’t happen again.

  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16


    I posted some of this earlier and added some comments as you seem to have a very simplistic view on Amanda’s Abramovic-related comments.
    Reaction to Amanda’s comment boils down to much ado about nothing?

    It’s reassuring to know that you have such a grasp of the NUFC/ EPL/ ‘Big six/ Qatar – related politics.

    I see why Amanda made her comment – an allusion to PIF, MBS and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and feel that it’ll refocus attention on the ownership of NUFC.

    If the story about the EPL introducing human rights injustice into the Owners and Directors criteria, then it would appear that Amnesty International’s lobbying may be paying dividends.

    You’re ever the optimist and I wonder whether it could have been a great grand-parent of yours who said, when it first started, that the first world war would be all over by Christmas?

  • tom

    Mar 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail …

    here you go again calling people idiots , can you remember your threat to hunt me down what does that make you …

    you think you own this blog well im sorry you dont …


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