In an interview with the Evening Chronicle today new Newcastle Chairman Christopher Mort looked ahead to what he sees as a new beginning on Tyneside.
At the same time Sam Allardcye talked about his frustrations on the transfer front and indicated he was as frustrated as the Newcastle fans at the lack of progress with transfers since we signed Geremi more than two weeks ago.
We’ll take a look at what the two of them had to say – but it’s obvious they are both working their socks off to bring in new players to the club – as quickly as they can.
Chairman Chris Mort and Manager Sam Allardyce
In an interview with the Evening Chronicle today new Newcastle Chairman Christopher Mort looked ahead to what he sees as a new beginning on Tyneside. Chris said today:
“This is clearly a new start for the club, the beginning of a new era. I think people have been anticipating it,”
“We have been through a period of transition. It has been helpful to keep Freddy Shepherd and the Halls involved up to now.â€
“They have been offering help in the transition period.â€
“Now we have a home friendly on Thursday night and a big build-up to the new season, so it felt like the right time to make this decision.”
Chris reiterated his and Sam Allardyce’s determination to bring new players to the club before the season’s big kick-off at Bolton on August 11th.
“We have said throughout that the squad needs to be strengthened, particularly in defense and Sam and I are in definite agreement that we need more signings before the start of the season.â€
“We are talking about a few specific targets. We want players with Premiership experience.”
” We want to get the right people through the door.”
Chris indicated that other things are going extremely well in the build up to the new season adding:
“Season ticket sales are going really well. Everything is looking good.”
“Pre-season friendlies are very much an exercise, whether you win or lose.â€
“But we have home games coming up, exciting games to really look forward to.”
So that’s what Chairmen Mort said this morning and we just have the feeling Chris will turn out to be an excellent chairman for the club. He’s young but also a savvy businessman and his presence will go a long way towards raising the positive image of the club. He obviously has a steep learning curve on football matters but executives like this pick things up very quickly.
Manager Sam Allardyce also talked today on the Newcastle’s official web site about the transfer front and identified with the fans. Sam admitted he is as frustrated as the fans with the lack of progress over the last two weeks or so.
Big Sam said today:
“We are trying to secure as many players as we can as quickly as we can,”
“We are trying on a day-to-day basis and it’s taking up the main focus of the day for me.â€
“I know and understand the fans’ frustration, but they should be in my shoes, it’s even more frustrating and I’m doing all I can to bring the players we need to Newcastle.”
Surprisingly Sam then distanced Newcastle from a move for FC Copenhagen center-back Brede Hangeland, a player who has been continually linked with the club over the last several weeks.
“Brede Hangeland is not a player I have watched,”
We assume this means Sam is not interested in Hangeland â€“ and this after the playerâ€™s agent Jim Solbakken admitted to the press today that Newcastle were one of several clubs tracking the player.
Well â€“ it’s the silly season and we have to take what players’ agents say with a very large pinch of salt. Maybe Curtis Davies is the one he’s pursuing â€“ but who knows? The best thing Sam can do is shock the Newcastle fans by bringing in a really class defender that nobody had even mentioned he was after â€“ that’s the real way to conduct transfer business.
Two good interviews from our top two – go for it Sam and Chris.