The Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort spoke yesterday toÂ the Evening Chronicle about his meeting with Alan Shearer recently andÂ about what he thinks of new manager Sam Allardyce.
Turns out Shearer is still the club’s world-wide Ambassador and Chris would like to expand Alan’s role in that position.
He gave both men high praise for the jobs they do for Newcastle – let’s take a look at what Chris said.
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort
This is what MortÂ told the Evening Chronicle about the Shearer and Keegan stories of late:
â€œYes, I have just met Alan Shearer and I have to say that he is a massive icon and that he is doing a fabulous job as an ambassador for Newcastle United.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what we talked about, and we have several things lined up which we would like him to do so he can carry on his great work in this role.â€
â€œAnd I am sure that while Alan may have ambitions to be manager of his club one day, he would probably say that he is not looking to do it at this moment in time.â€
â€œAnd there is certainly no truth in any reports that we are looking to bring him in as a manager.â€
â€œAs far as Kevin Keegan is concerned, I have never talked to him and I have no intention of talking to him.â€
This is a story we didn’t even bother to cover because weÂ didn’t see how it could be true. Obviously some newspaper got knowledge of the fact that Mort had met with Alan and they put two and two together and came up with five. This seems to happen a lot with football stories and of course sometimes it’s really difficult to know which ones are true and which ones are just made up. We hope we’re learning but it’s not easy.
We wouldÂ like to better understand what Alan does specifically in his role as club Ambassador. Don’t get us wrong â€“ having Shearer still linked to the club is massive for us. Over here in the US they know very little about world football (soccer) but when we mention Alan Shearer they know the name and link it immediately with Newcastle United. That’s one way we can get name recognition which is what we need to become a great club again.
It’s interesting that Chris wants to expand what Alan does for the club and also it would be a good way for both Chris and Alan to keep communicating so that when the time is right to bringÂ Shearer in as manager he can do that. But not before Allardyce has had quite a few years under his belt and maybe even takes Alan under his wing for a season or two. That would be a great follow-on solution for the club.
We cannot tell you how impressed we have been with Big Sam in so many different ways â€“ not least of all the expert way in which he has handled the whole Dyer transfer affair. We’llÂ not evenÂ mention the great players he is bringing to the club for almost peanutsÂ
Chris then went on to talk about Sam:
â€œWe cannot take any credit for bringing Sam Allardyce to Newcastle United because that was something Freddy Shepherd and his board did.â€
â€œBut we have absolutely no problems with that decision and no problems with the appointment of Sam.â€
â€œFor let me say that he is an absolute top manager. End of story.â€
We agree completely with that assessment of Sam.
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