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Schar urges Newcastle to build on run and secure Premier League safety

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival. Credit: PA

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival as soon as possible.

The Magpies won in the league for the fourth successive home game on Tuesday evening when they beat Burnley 2-0, three days after Huddersfield had succumbed by the same score at St James' Park.

Those victories had eased the club seven points clear of the relegation zone by the time the final whistle sounded, and while there was satisfaction on Tyneside, minds quickly turned to Saturday's trip to West Ham and the prospect of more.

Schar said: "We knew before how massive the two home games would be, especially playing against two teams more or less in the same position in the table.

"We wanted to get the points and we have shown in the last few weeks that we can perform. I am happy about that.

"Hopefully we can keep working like this and we have another game this week, so we are looking for more points."

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Leicester City 'part company' with Claude Puel following 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace

Claude Puel has left Leicester City Credit: PA

Leicester have sacked manager Claude Puel, the Premier League club have announced.

The 57-year-old Frenchman's final match in charge was Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

That was Leicester's sixth defeat in their last seven matches, a run that has seen them knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport and drop down to 12th in the Premier League and eight points above the relegation zone.

A club statement read: "Leicester City football club has today parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as first-team manager with immediate effect.

"The club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career."

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