Mort Puts Newcastle Record Straight on Owen

Chris Mort, the Newcastle United Chairman says the club are proud to have one of their own players, Michael Owen, leading the line for England.

While Sam Allardyce has urged the England manager Steve McClaren to be cautious with Owen, who had two groin operations late last month, the Newcastle chairman is more supportive.

But Sam has insisted there is absolutely no rift with the Newcastle striker, as the gossip papers are only too willing to manufacture.


Chris Mort – proud that Newcastle have Michael Owen playing for England

Chairman Chris Mort set the record straight on Owen as far as the club are concerned. He told the Shields Gazette today:

“It’s disappointing, because the reality is that Newcastle United are delighted that England regard Michael so highly.”

“It’s quite right that they should, because he is clearly a tremendous striker for his country, as well as for Newcastle United.”

“I appreciate that the pinnacle of every great player’s career is not just representing their club in every way they can, but also representing their country.”

“And I wouldn’t want to hold any player back in their desires to play for their country.”

“Michael is a prized asset to this club and we want to look after him, but we appreciate that he wants to represent his country as well.”

As far as the buy-out clause in Michael’s contract is concerned, Chris also set the record straight on that, and the fact that it can no longer be activated in his contract. Mort added:

“There was a clause in Michael’s contract which allowed him to leave for a certain fee in the last transfer window and the summer before that, but that sort of clause doesn’t exist any more.”

London based Lawyer Mort, is still settling into his new role, having been brought in by new owner Mike Ashley to run Newcastle after this summer’s successful takeover. We wonder if this is a long term role for Chris, since his wife and children are still based in North London. We hope so, because we think he’s been just outstanding in putting a professional business face on the club.

Mort continued:

“Running a football club’s a unique business, particularly with the profile they have within the community.”

“There aren’t too many businesses that have 50,000 people coming in on a Saturday afternoon, get as much Press coverage as we do and also get so close to people’s hearts.”

“If you can imagine any other business, they would die to be as close to people’s hearts as a football club like this. It’s a very special business.”

It sure is a special business, and once Sam gets those additional players into the club in January, we can then push on for a top 6 finish this season. Then the stage will be set during next summer, to bring in some world-class players to the club, so we can really push on and challenge for the top 4 next season. Then the club will get even closer to people’s hearts – at least the Newcastle supporters’ hearts. 😀

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 17, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #1

    “that sort of clause doesn’t exist any more.” Well that is good news but the flip side is that what other sort of contract does exist. Notice that he doesn’t state that are no clauses in his contract! Still hopefully that will put to rest that issue and MO and Newcastle can get on with football without worrying who might come in for him.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Oct 17, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #2

    its all academical now anyway england r probely out there getting beat 2-1

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 17, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Letting 2 goals in within 2 minutes – hope they aren’t choking – again.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 17, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Well England just lost 2-1 in Russia…it was like watching a Toon game last season, bunch of headless chickens running around.

    Honestly the only thing i care about is that Owen had a nice assist and he finished the game in one piece.

    Can’t wait for Monday.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 17, 2007 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Put up an article about the England game will u Ed, so we can bash and flame McLaren all night 😉 .

  • leo

    Oct 17, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #6

    damn u supershearer, that is absolutly the very thing that the press are going to do you know mate.

    jump on that like they do anything. anoying or what

    haha england are practically out, crap manager crap tactics, he should have put 5 at the back as soon as he saw they were getting along the wing and putting the ball in, mclown… i could do a better job….dont worry i will offer you the job of making the tea for everyone

  • Dingo

    Oct 17, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #7

    goddamit… 2-1 to russia…. BSA for the England roll and Jose to Newcastle?!?!?!?! you heard it hear first! 😛

  • ToonKing

    Oct 17, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Dingo, i’d take that 🙂 .

  • yemozone

    Oct 17, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    BSA for newcastle pls.
    England needs scolari

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #10

    England need a complete overhaul….I’d put a few Championship players in
    and drop half the billionaires who think they can just turn up to win games.
    England have went backwards in the last 10 years where other Nations have improved no end. Typical England…invent a game…..and 150 years later get turned over by a country with a population of 3000. (don’t worry they will..)

  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed. Bit late I know but I meant to make the point earlier that Chris Mort doesnt really need to make the move to the NE to be committed to the club. Lots of modern business men commute similar distances with no bother, many in his position live on the continent and travel to England to work. Its probably as easy for him to fly to Newcastle as it is for many people to travel to their work in the same region.

  • rob the geordie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #12

    dont think it matters anyway about a clause in his contract at the end of the season, because if we get a bid in for about 7 million i dont think we will be in any position to turn it down,he will only have a year to run on his current contract and i cant see us chancing him leaving on a bosman free the followin year

  • Adam

    Oct 18, 2007 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s surprising to myself in many ways, but personally I’m not overly bothered about England results – and even forget to look at what the score was most of the matches.
    I’m just excited about NUFC. and that includes when we’re not necessarily doing so well. We don’t have to get into the top 4 for the team to “get closer to people’s hearts”…at least, it certainly shouldn’t be like that.


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