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Mort Gets Into The Derby Spirit

10:45 am, Saturday, November 10th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Chris Mort, the Newcastle Chairman, has got right into the spirit of the game today with Sunderland. Chris, who is usually very diplomatic in his communications, has said 8-0 would be good if Newcastle can do that.

While that’s unlikely Chris has certainly said some common sense things in his short time at Newcastle and continues today, saying that the new management at Newcastle and Sunderland are all for the great competition between the teams, but they also want to be friendly in their working relations.

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Chris Mort – looking forward to big game today

With Niall Quinn in position at Sunderland that’s exactly what Niall has said in the past and we think it’s very good for the area.

Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I know what it means and it’s definitely a game I’m looking forward to more than any other,”

“I’m looking forward to it very much. I’m going there absolutely with the view that 8-0 would be great, smash them up, blast them, win it all hands down and I’ll be passionately behind the team to do that.”

“I like the mentality that we need to do better than them, no matter what.”

While Chris would no doubt love to be able to celebrate a Newcastle victory this afternoon – wouldn’t we all, there is a long-term view taken by the new chairman when it comes to relationships with Sunderland.

“I’ve tried to make sure that we don’t have a silly relationship with the owners and chairman of Sunderland.” Niall Quinn and I have met a number of times and I’ve also met with a few other of the Sunderland board members. We’re determined to get on well together and we’re going to work hard to make sure we do that.”

“They will be massively, passionately behind their team on Saturday and we will be massively, passionately behind ours. Clearly, we will be head-to-head this weekend. But, personally, I like that fact that they’re in the Premier League and I like the fact that Middlesbrough are in the Premier League as well.”

“I hope they’re both in the Premier League for many years to come because it means that games like Saturday’s will always be really special. I hope that we’re considerably higher than Sunderland in the Premier League, but I get on well with Niall and the other guys there.”

“We don’t feel we need to fall out because he’s a red and I’m not, which, from what I can gather from the media, was not always the case in the past.”

Chris Mort feels Newcastle need a successful Sunderland to challenge them over a prolonged period. With Roy Keane and Niall Quinn at the helm of the Sunderland ship, Chris might just get that and then the North East derby can take on national significance, if both teams are challenging at the top of the Premiership, which of course is what teams in London are doing now.

Chris continued:

“Sunderland have new owners, a new chairman, a new manager, it’s not dissimilar to what we’ve been doing. They’ve taken them from the division below to the Premier League and are hoping to take the club forward. It’s a time of change.”

“It’s my first derby and it’s Niall’s first derby (as chairman), and hopefully this is the start of something big for North-East football. It’s the start of a new chapter and hopefully we’re going to start to see the North-East challenging London and the North-West.”

“Two or three years down the line, it would be nice if people outside of the North-East were seeing this as a derby at the top end of the Premier League.”

“Although, you talk to any of the players who have been involved in this game and they’ll already tell you that it’s a bigger derby than any other. It has an edge to it that some of the derbies don’t. Liverpool versus Everton is a massive game, but it’s nothing like this.”

“This is different because households don’t tend to be split. You’re either Newcastle or you’re Sunderland. It feels more like the Manchester United versus Liverpool game because you definitely get a sense of there being a real edge to it.”

Chris Mort and Mike Ashley are starting to see first hand the passion that is football in the North East and it looks to us they are caught right in it. Mike Ashley today is determined to wear his Newcastle shirt at the game, and he doesn’t want to upset the Sunderland board, so he seems quite willing to be with the other Newcastle fans in the away section of the crowd. We hope he takes his notebook along to take down all the advice he’ll get on which players we should be signing in January. :D

Being with the fans today is a massive communication from Ashley, about just how passionate, and down to earth he is, about Newcastle these days. We all know actions speak louder than words, and since Mike bought Newcastle in the summer, he has been like a surprising breath of fresh air to the fans.

We hope that fresh air will be accompanied by 3 points today – because we need them.

Comments very welcome.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonfan1 // Nov 10, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    i think mike ashley is an absolute legend!! and chris mort is to!!!

  • 2 toonmadtom // Nov 10, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    there is no way we can lose to the mackems the day. i think its about time for a 5-0 thrilla

  • 3 Bill f // Nov 10, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    I think it’s great that he has travelled from Discworld to be part of the Toon setup. ANYONE HEARD HIM SPEAK.

  • 4 ToonIsrael // Nov 10, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Ive been following the toon for 33 years and i can categorically say that I have never known a chairman to be as astute and understanding as Mort or an owner to, want to, be so in touch with supporters as Mike Ashley, well maybe aside from brave Sir John. BTW Keep up the good work this is a really good site thanks. Oh and HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAY the LAAAADS 8-0 to the toon will do very nicely indeed.

  • 5 Hadrian // Nov 10, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    smash em up!! blast em !!!

    love it :D , love our new owners and chairman , the toon has needed people like this . was it really only a few month ago we still had the fat controller? :D seems like a lifetime ago .

  • 6 Leo // Nov 10, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    disk world??? whats that




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