Chris Mort yesterday expressed his satisfaction with Newcastle’s good start to the season to Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
He is also pleased with the immediate impact of our new arrivals which has Newcastle already in a top-six position, after just 4 games.
Mike Ashley and Chris Mort are both said to be loving life on Tyneside and certainly owner Mike is quickly becoming a number one fan.
Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman pleased with the summer’s transfer activity
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œEverything is going very well and we are still working hard at the club.â€â€œThe transfer window was a busy period and we spent time focusing on getting the squad right. But we are delighted with the signings we brought in.â€
â€œWe are now focusing on making sure the squad is kept in good shape.â€ â€œBut we are also working hard on other aspects of the clubâ€.
The signings Sam and Chris have made have quickly transformed the squad to include added resilience and skill, especially in defense. 3 clean sheets in the first 5 games is an excellent start and the more clean sheets Newcastle can get this season the better the team will do in the league. Chris went on:
â€œMike is enjoying the games after coming to a few in the last few weeks.â€ â€œâ€œIt was a surprise to some people that Mike wore the shirt at the games.â€â€œBut Mikeâ€™s nature, and I have said this all along, is one of a football supporter.â€
â€œHe asked me to run the club but he just wants to support the club, which he is thoroughly enjoying doing.â€
We think that Mike Ashley will be attending a lot more games than he originally planned because it’s obvious he’s now a big fan and seems to love the atmosphere not only at the ground but also in Newcastl. Mike is of course becoming a huge celebrity at Newcastle â€“ and rightly so.
We think Chris Mort is running the club for Mike very efficiently and seems to have already learned a lot of football management from manager supreme Sam Allardyce. We would hope that Chris will be our long term chairman but since his wife and family are still in North London that looks unlikely.
Speaking at a dinner on Monday evening to honor Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald, who now lives in the High Heaton district of Newcastle Mort added:
â€œThe unbeaten run has been very good so far.â€ â€œClearly we will have our moments when it doesnâ€™t go so well, but at the moment the run is still going.â€ â€œAnd we will be delighted to keep it going as long as we can.â€
With so many players involved during the International break is can be a scary time for Newcastle management. One of the things we are trying to improve this season is the Newcastle injury record – and so far nobody has been injured during the international break.
â€œWe have a slightly different perspective when it comes to the international break.â€ â€œIt is a case of waiting patiently for everyone to come back healthy.â€â€œSo far it sounds as though got through the weekend unscathed.â€
â€œMichael Owen scored a great goal and is building up a nice little run of scoring, which is good for Newcastle.â€ â€œWe had no problems or reports of injury, so it was a good weekend all round.â€
â€œThe work now is to bed those players into the squad and make sure they gel.â€ â€œWe wonâ€™t think about any new signings until we get the current squad working together.â€ â€œThere is competition for places all over the pitch, which is healthy for Newcastle United.â€
There’s no doubt we’ve made a good start to the season which can be maintained at Derby County next Monday evening with a clean sheet and a win – we certainly hope so.