Newcastle defender Fabian Schar signs new two-year contract after resurgence under Eddie Howe

FABIAN SCHAR has been rewarded with a new two-year deal at Newcastle.

Schar, 30, has attributed his manager Eddie Howe for his resurgence in form and is inspired by a long-lasting admiration.

Toon boss Howe tried to sign the Swiss international during his time in charge of Bournemouth.

Since arriving in the North East, the 44-year-old has relied on Schar in the centre of defence.

The job done by Howe at Newcastle has been nothing short of miraculous.

They were bottom of the table with five points from 14 games when he stepped in for Steve Bruce.


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And now to Toon are on the brink of making Premier League history.

They will become the only side to ever stay up after failing to win any of their first 14 games of the season.

And Schar has played almost every minute of that revival – appearing in 22 of Howe's first 24 league and cup matches in charge.

The towering defender told Swiss broadcaster SRF recently that his gaffer motivated the changed in from.

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He said: "Eddie Howe gave me an incredibly good feeling from the first day he arrived.

"We were in contact previously, when he was still managing another club.

"I was personally very happy about the change of manager. My self-confidence has grown from being able to play all the time.

"I expected the club would sign another centre-back in January. But I knew this coach would give me good chances of game time if I continued to perform.

"That's how it has turned out. I play alongside Dan Burn, and it's working very well.

"The change of club owners went down very well with the fans, even though not much has changed for the players.

"But of course we feel the new momentum. The euphoria is something else, and it's really interesting to be part of it."

Manager Howe was equally complimentary when he spoke to Newcastle's official site after Schar extended his contract.

He said: "I've been delighted with Fabian's form. He is the ultimate professional and a hugely important player in our dressing room.

"I'm delighted he has committed himself to the club. He is very driven for future success and I'm pleased he will be a part of our future."

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