Chairman Mort Delighted At Newcastle Form

Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has talked again about the fabulous game against Arsenal. Not only did Newcastle come back to show some good form and fighting spirit, but there were glimpses that we can fight it out with the best teams in the league. Without getting carried away with a single result, the future looks a lot more rosy right now.


Sam and Chris – was that the Liverpool game – looks like it

What we need now is consistency and that type of performance in every game, which the top teams are able to accomplish. Mort is just an excellent chairman in our view, but it’s been hard for him to hold back his delight at the performance of Wednesday evening.

Chris talked again today about that game:

“It would be wrong to judge the team on a particular fixture,” “I’m not going to ignore the fact we had some bad results lately. The team is going to need time to get things right and we are going to give them time – we will get it right eventually.”

“We started the season with the best start we’ve had in 10 years, then had five games where we got one point. Then we played the top-of-the-table team and deserved to beat them.”

“Sam and I met and knew we had to put things right. We were both very keen to go out and do well against Arsenal. Maybe it might not have happened on Wednesday but we knew eventually it would turn round.”

“We were never going to isolate things on one game or say a time when we would do something.” “We did exactly what we had to and got in among them,”

“We performed in a way that is incredibly satisfying for everybody connected with Newcastle United.” “We are all thrilled with the performance. If anybody was going to win that game it was us. There were a series of corners at the end when it looked like we might get the winner. If anyone was going to get it, it was us.

“The fans were perfect but that didn’t surprise me at all. We went 1-0 down and they absolutely supported their team. The Newcastle fans can have a massive influence to what happens on the pitch. They got behind us and the team responded accordingly.”

Certainly Newcastle are showing a unity at the top. Before the game with Arsenal, Mike Ashley and Big Sam were shown joking with each other, and it’s obvious that they are all together in this. Mike and Chris would like nothing better than for Sam to take the team to a top four team in two to three years. He will need time to do it, that’s a certainly. But there’s one thing it seems they are very willing to do and that is to be patient and give Sam the time he needs to turn things around.

The display on Wednesday just has to show the fans that Big Sam knows what he’s doing, and certainly he can motivate a team to do great things. Wednesday’s game was a joy to watch, and would do the Tyneside club no harm at all, as it was beamed live around the world. We think we have more fans around the world now, than before the game on Wednesday. 😀

Comments very welcome.

10 comments so far

  • sparetheman

    Dec 7, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    “Not only did Newcastle come back to show some good form and fighting spirit, but there were glimpses that we can fight it out with the best teams in the league. Without getting carried away with a single result, the future looks a lot more rosy right now.”

    All the articles recently posted up on this site seems to suggest otherwise. You are getting carried away with a single result.

    Football fans are so fickle – one good performance and suddenly we think we can compete with anyone, Sam’s suddenly a genius and we’ve got a good defense. Let’s be realistic – as it stands right now, there are at least seven or eight teams in the premier league playing better stuff than us. Unless we get new players in at January, it’ll remain this way.

    It’s easy to come out after a good performance against Arsenal and say every thing’s sorted, but it’s not. One good performance is just that: one good performance. Lets remember this was an Arsenal team lacking Fabregas, Hleb, Van Persie and Flamini though – four important players for them. There’s still a lot of work for Sam to do here, and painting such a glowing picture of the state of the club will only stand to disappoint fans again.

  • Steeley

    Dec 7, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Sparetheman – that’s so weird! I had cut and pasted the exact same para from the article and was going to put a very similar response!

    Fickle is indeed the word….

  • Black Caesar

    Dec 7, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Why all the fuss about this Arsenal result? Is this what NUFC has come to? Celebrating a DRAW with Arsenal as though we have won the world cup? Not to mention this was at HOME!!!


  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Black Ceasar – it’s the only thing we have been able to celebrate for weeks since we beat Tottenham about 6 weeks ago. Hey – we played well on Wednesday – we have to be able to celebrate something – after all the doom and gloom we’ve had to put up with 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Sparetheman – that’s not the first time we’ve been accused of being carried away on this site, and yes we know it’s just one game. 😀

    But as we said above we have to be able to celebrate something – and we haven’t had much to celebrate for over 6 weeks now.

  • Dingo

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I can agree with both of you spare n steely…….

    But lets not forget we were dumped out the cup by their reserve side not so long back… although on the night if Oba had been firing then we might have won. Still I am not getting carried away myself, however what is great to see was the performance the other night…….

    Whilst some are getting delusions of grandure, it was indeed great to see the spirit that the lads played in… that alone will not take us to the UEFA cup of CL, but it will give us Geordies what we want…. fighters, and for that I am stoked!!!!

    Sam indeed has much work to do at the club and in the next window but for now….. (he says fickley) I am happy 😛

  • Black Caesar

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Fair enough ED, but if this is going to be the standard we aspire to, and give off the impression to the players and manager that it takes such results – a draw against a top 4 side, to me us ecstatic, then am afraid we wont be making any real progress.

    Look at things this way – it took 52,000 fans’ expression of disgust and mounting pressure on the manager to bring out a performance against Arsenal, I say we keep up such pressure to ensure we finish in the TOP 5 – THAT’S WHERE WE RIGHTFULLY BELONG.

  • Big AL

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I main reason we are so happy to DRAW, yes draw with Arsenel , is because we were humiliated by Liverpool just last month at home. yes at home. But the main reason we are much happier and yes getting carried away is because we should have won,we were the better team, but for bad luck it would have been 3 points against the best team in the league.
    yes they were missing 4 key players but we were missing half our defence.
    Anyway the result on Wednesday is somthing to build on, if we show the same form on Saturday Birmingham will be taken apart and i can finally banish the memory of that horror FA cup game i was at last year.
    Anyway Howay the Lads!!!!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    black cesar i think its u that needs to grow up mate. Nobody is syin we r goin to go on and win the league. Wednesdys game just showed the fans tht we can play and that there is something there and i dont know about u but im over the moon tht the players hav stepped up to the challenge and proved that we can actually play football this season. So stop being scrooges u lot a try being happy when our team plays well. sometimes i wonder how many people on here are actually Newcastle Fans tbh

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Black Cesar i have never heard so much crap from one person!! So ur saying if we are happy bcoz we played well and got a result against the league leaders Newcastle wont progress in the future? Jesus Christ man think before u speak u complete pratt!!


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