Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort today said he was always confident that Sam Allardyce was capable of getting Newcastle United back on track, and getting a result against Arsenal.
Chris Mort once again gave Big Sam his backing, and thanked the Newcastle fans for their fantastic support last night.
Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman fully supports Big Sam
Mort told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œSam and I met and we knew that we had to put things right.â€ â€œWe were both very keen to go out and do well against Arsenal.â€
â€œMaybe it might not have happened last night but we knew that eventually it will turn round.â€ â€œWe know it will turn eventually.â€
â€œBut we were never going to isolate things on one game or say a time when we would do something.â€
Chris Mort again sat alongside both manager Sam Allardyce and Newcastleâ€™s billionaire owner and number one fan, Mike Ashley, in the directorsâ€™ box. Mike was seen wearing an overcoat last night, but it was open and everybody could see his Newcastle shirt. While heâ€™s obviously taken in the fansâ€™ enthusiasm, he hasnâ€™t yet got that hardiness that allows Newcastle fans to wear the shirt in all kinds of freezing weather. 😀
Talking about the great performance by the team last night Chris Mort said:
â€œWe did exactly what we had to do and got in amongst them.â€ â€œWe performed in a way that is incredibly satisfying for everybody connected with Newcastle United.â€â€œThe fans would have gone home happy with themselves.â€ â€œWe are all thrilled with the performance. If anybody was going to win that game it was us.â€
â€œThere were a series of corners at the end when it looked like we might get the winner.â€ â€œAnd if anyone was going to get that winner, it was us.â€
â€œThe fans were perfect but that didnâ€™t surprise me at all. We went 1-0 down and they absolutely supported their team. â€œAnd as we said throughout, the Newcastle fans can have a massive influence to what happens on the pitch. They did that.”
â€œThey got behind us and the team responded accordingly.â€
Newcastle now have some games in the next few weeks that they can win, and theyâ€™ll have to capture 3 points in those games to start gathering together the points we will need, if we are to qualify for Europe next season. Weâ€™ve only taken 2 point from the last 6 games and we just must improve in the results department from now on.
But Chairman Mort is adamant that manager Allardyce is not being pressured to get things right at the club on any given time-scale. Chris continued:
â€œIt would be wrong to judge the team on a particular fixture.â€ â€œIâ€™m not going to ignore the fact we had some bad results lately.â€â€œLast night was a fabulous fixture. And the team is going to need time to get things right and we are going to give them time to get it right â€“ we will get it right eventually.â€
â€œWe started the season with the best start weâ€™ve had in 10 years.â€ â€œWe then had five games where we got one point.â€ â€œThen we played the top-of-the-table team and we deserved to beat them.â€
Mort also said that he and owner Mike Ashley were not at all surprised by all the hype that surrounded last nightâ€™s fixture, which was of course broadcast live around the world.
â€œWe have an ambitious manager, an ambitious owner and ambitious chairman, and we all want to head in the right direction.â€
â€œMike loved it last night and he had a great night.â€
Mike was seen last night grinning from ear to ear after the game. The icing on the cake would have been a late Newcastle winner which would have given us another couple of points. But it was not to be.
We’ll have to ensure we can get the win against Birmingham on Saturday. That’s a game we should be winning, especially after showing the form of last night. Hopefully we’ll now be able to climb that league again, and it would be great to be back in Europe next season, that’s for sure.
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