MIKE ASHLEY claims he is closer than ever to selling Newcastle.
And should a buyer need any help getting their finances in order, they need only ask one of the Toon’s own players.
.6 Fabian Schar speaks to SunSport's David Coverdale
That is because Fabian Schar worked as a banker for five years — and is now doing a degree in business administration.
Up until the age of 20, the defender juggled his job at Raiffeisen Bank with playing for Swiss second-tier side FC Wil — his hometown team.
But Schar’s big break came when he joined Basel before moves to Hoffenheim and Deportivo La Coruna.
He then ended up joining Ashley-owned Newcastle for £3million during the summer.
And Schar, 26, hopes to become a banker in Rafa Benitez’s Toon team — even though he is already studying to one day take over his family’s firm!
.6 Former banker Schar sees a rise in Newcastle's stock
Getty6 Schar is ready to nail down a place in the starting XI after joining in the summer
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Ahead of tonight’s trip to Everton, Schar said: “When I started to work in the bank, it was not in my thoughts that I’d be a footballer. So it was normal to try to do a job. It was a good five years and I liked working there.
“I had to do all the different things you do in the bank — every six months you changed.
“It was not always easy as I was working in the day and then training at night, then coming home and having to study for tests. But I am so happy to have done it and to have some qualifications.
“I stopped working when Basel wanted to sign me. At that point, you have to decide whether you are going to be a footballer or not. And if you get a chance like that, you just have to take it.
.6 Schar is also studying a degree in business management for when he retires from football