The Newcastle United chairman, Chris Mort, yesterday described rumors emanating from the daily gossip papers that Blackburn Rovers’ Mark Hughes is being lined up to replace Sam Allardyce at Newcastle as ludicrous.
Sam is under attack, because Newcastle have lost their last two games, and have played really poorly in both those games.
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort – ludicrous news of the World Story on Sunday – what’s new?
When Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort was asked to comment on a News of the World report on Sunday, that Mark Hughes of Blackburn, was being lined up by Newcastle’s owner, Mike Ashley, Mort said:
“This kind of story does not merit a response; it is ludicrous.”
Thatâ€™s a good description of most NOTW reports.
Itâ€™s understood the person Mort and Ashley see long term as the Newcastle manager after Sam Allardyce is Alan Shearer.Â The hope is that Alan could be persuaded to manage his home-town club, once his contract with the BBC expires in two years’ time.Â Alan has never denied he would love to do that, at some point in his career.
Where exactly Shearer will get any management experience from before then is anybodyâ€™s guess, and we would have thought it was a huge risk if Alan took over Newcastle, as his first management appointment.
Although other players who have obvious leadership skills as players, such as Roy Keane at Sunderland, seem to have done OK â€“ itâ€™s still a big risk for a club like Newcastle. To say that Newcastle is not an easy club to manage, is a huge understatement, even for experienced managers such as Big Sam.
But the main thing at Newcastle right now is to get the wagon back on track. It may be that Newcastleâ€™s disaster is truly a one off, and certainly if we can get back on track with a win on Saturday, against local rivals Sunderland, that will go a long way to returning the confidence of both fans and players alike.
Hopefully we can do that on Saturday, because the international break follows that game, and a defeat is just unthinkable.
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