When Steve Bruce was the manager at Newcastle for a couple of seasons, his team selection was strange.
Several good players like Sean Longstaff and Fabian Scharr didn’t get many games under Bruce, before the new owners bought the club from Mike Ashley and were even considering leaving Newcastle to get more playing time elsewhere.
31-year-old Fabian Schar who is away with the Switzerland squad during the International break has talked about what a great job manager Eddie Howe has done over the last two years (although Fabian keeps saying it’s 3 years).
As we know Eddie Howe and his team have improved quite a number of players who were already at the club when he arrived.
This is what Schar has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“It has been the story of improvement from not just the club but every individual. In the last three years, we have been on a brilliant journey to be fair.”
“And everyone has stepped up. As for the togetherness in the squad, I have never had this before. It’s unbelievable really. I’m just really happy to be part of it.”
“That’s the same for many other players. We just try to fight for each other and I think we have been so much better and made so much improvement in three years that, it’s great to see.”
“They made getting more from inherited players possible with the coaching and the way they put this group together. The togetherness we have now is down to them.”
“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now if it wasn’t for Eddie Howe or the club for bringing him in. I just try to give them everything back.”
When Eddie Howe came in on November 8th, we were second bottom of the league with 4 points (4 draws) from our first 11 games.
Howe took some time to get the team playing well, but then in early 2022 we won six games out of 7 and then we won six of our last 8 games – so that was 12 wins and 36 points and we finished in 11th place on 49 points.
Howe had 13 wins and 6 draws in 27 games in that first season – 45 points – a tremendous achievement by the head coach and his team.
The next season we finished in 4th place with 71 points and we are currently suffering from injuries and the lads will have to pull together in the 10 games we have before the January transfer window opens on January 1st.
This is when our team spirit and fighting for the cause has to show through.
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