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Newcastle United notebook: Saudi Airlines spotted at St James’ Park, player break and Fraser’s future

Newcastle United continue to explore sponsorship deals as CEO Darren Eales and CCO Peter Silverstone stand under the table in the board room at St James’ Park.

The Magpies have already agreed to end their association with Fun 88 early and further talks with kit makers Castore are planned. It is understood that the value of most of the sponsorship deals inherited by the new Saudi-backed owners has been called into question and the fact that recent manga sponsors Noon.com secured a deal that was more lucrative at £7.8m per season that the main sponsors summarize the direction in which United is headed.

Arabic sponsorship banners featuring Noon also flashed on electronic billboards during the third-round tie against Crystal Palace in the League Cup.

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The appearance of Saudi Airlines staff at St James’ Park has also got fans talking, but confirmation is awaited from the club on what exactly moving forward will mean. Saudi Airlines staff were photographed in the stadium and on the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

United players will fly to Saudi Arabia for a tour next month during the World Cup break, where more contact is expected between training and a clash with Al Hilal in a friendly match.

Howe gave fifteen days off to participants who did not participate in the World Cup

The Magpies have had a great first half of the season, but Eddie Howe knows his squad needs to rest and rest mentally after a whirlwind few months. Predicted by many for a mid-table finish at the start of the season, United have punched above their weight and are in a Champions League position.

But Howe has advised those not going to the World Cup to sit back and relax with what he describes as a “mini pre-season” that awaits them in Saudi Arabia and then back on Tyneside.

Ryan Fraser is still in Newcastle’s plans

Ryan Fraser’s absence has been nothing more than a calf problem with the winger set to return soon. Fraser was expected to feature against Crystal Palace, but he was not listed on the team sheet.

But Howe says: “He’s an integral part of the team. I think he contributed tremendously last season.

“This season has been tough, because the performances of the players on the team have really produced that competition for spots. I think I always say I would take that challenge, if I were Ryan, because it will bring out the best in him.” So it’s a real challenge for the venues, not only for Ryan, but also for the other wingers.”

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