Some really good words this morning from Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort, to calm things down a bit at the Tyneside club, and put some common sense into the events of the last two weeks.
Weâ€™ve been very impressed with Chris, by the way he has brought professionalism to the club, on Mike Ashleyâ€™s behalf.
Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort – Ashley in this for the long term
In a long interview with the Newcastle Journal today, Chris makes it clear that owner Mike Ashley is taking a long term view of the club, and they both are satisfied that the club is on the right path. Two poor displays in the last two games will not derail the definite progress of Newcastle United, as they see it.
Chris Mort has said that Sam Allardyceâ€™s position is not under any scrutiny from the boardroom and suggested the former Bolton boss would have been a prime candidate to be Newcastleâ€™s manager, even if they had been in charge of the club when he was appointed by former chairman Freddie Shepherd.
Itâ€™s a really good interview today and all Newcastle fans should read what Chris has to say. Chris always comes across very mature, very businesslike and very positive for the new Newcastle Unitred football club.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWe are like any supporter, we lurch from one result to the next and we are affected by each game and how well we do,â€
â€œBut from our perspective we have to take a more long-term to medium-term view. We are not going to leap to any rash decisions. We are not going to entertain stories like the one we had on Sunday saying that we were going to get rid of Sam because we have lost two games on the trot. Weâ€™re not going to get into that type of mindset.â€
â€œWe have a much more long-term view about building the club over a prolonged period of time so that the club can compete at a higher level. That is going to take time, but on and off the field we feel the club is moving in the right direction.â€
â€œI think the Premier League, generally this season, seems to be more short-term inclined. There seems to be a real short-term thinking in the football business, which we want to resist.â€
â€œWe absolutely want to hear what fans have to say, but we still take a medium and a long-term view, and we will not be swayed from that by two defeats on the trot, no matter how disappointing they may be.â€
â€œIt doesnâ€™t make accepting defeats any easier, especially when itâ€™s a 4-1 home defeat, weâ€™re both unhappy with those sorts of results, but we have to look beyond immediate results and think to ourselves, â€˜Are we still heading in the right direction?â€™ We wonâ€™t get knocked off what we feel we need to do by short-term considerations.â€
Allardyce is too strong a character to let the boos, which were heard during Saturdayâ€™s game, and the rather intense and rather unfair criticism directed at him since Saturday. But Sam seems well aware of what he needs to do at Newcastle and two poor results will not get in the way of the tough Newcastle manager.
Chris went on:
â€œChopping and changing managers here hasnâ€™t worked and the success stories at other clubs are usually connected with longevity,â€ â€œThe Premier League manager is clearly in a highly pressured position, there are four who have gone so far this season, itâ€™s a pressurized environment. But the guys who have brought success have clearly been there longer term, without doubt.â€
â€œThe fact that Sam wasnâ€™t our appointment and that Mike has lots of money doesnâ€™t create any kind of problem for me. Sam is doing a great job, heâ€™s developed a strong team around him. If clubs had been looking around for a new manager to recruit in the summer then Iâ€™m sure weâ€™d all have said that Sam was one of the best you could get. Iâ€™ve no problems with that.â€
â€œMike might get compared with other billionaire-type owners â€“ heâ€™s a very successful businessman, very demanding, very good at what he does â€“ but that doesnâ€™t work against us taking a medium to long-term view. He takes a long-term view, because he can.â€
And Mort is adamant the volatile nature of football opinion on Tyneside (he’s right there!) will not distract him or Allardyce from what they are trying to achieve. Chris added:
â€œI think we always had a sense that his club has an intense reaction to what happens on the pitch week to week. We have a club that has a massive following and the team and the club is a massive part of peopleâ€™s lives in this part of the world.â€
â€œBecause of that, there does tend to be a bigger swing in emotions. One minute it is full of optimism and we are going to qualify for the Champions League, then you lose two games and itâ€™s, â€˜Right, whoâ€™s going to be the next manager?â€™ The swings are incredible.â€
Chris is already working with Big Sam on the recruits they will be bringing into the club in January. We think there may be more new players coming in than fans realize. It looks ooks like we still need one or two new defenders. Maybe we’ll still end up with Ben Haim from Chelsea and Edmilson from Barcelona. That would be an excellent start, and would cement the view that Big Sam is determined to make Newcastle a much tougher team to beat than they are right now. Upward and onward.