Chris Mort Silent on Sam’s Future

Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort said nothing to reporters when he left the JJB Stadium yesterday afternoon after the woeful performance against Wigan Athletic.


Chris Mort – pressure on Chairman as well as Big Sam

Newcastle had yet another magnificent and vocal 5,000 fans at Wigan Athletic yesterday afternoon, and to be fair to the fans they supported the team at least until the team looked hopeless with little time left yesterday – however hard that must have been. But their chants left nobody in any doubt what they thought of the performance of their side. And the performance from the team just wasn’t good enough.

After the game Chris Mort was seen to be friendly and political as usual, but Chris refused to make any comment. A wise decision no doubt.

The fans also made some calls for Alan Shearer to be brought into Newcastle United as manager, and we are sure Alan will be Mike Ashley’s choice for manager, should Sam not survive in the job. We’re fairly sure that Alan will be allowed to leave his BBC job if he is offered the hot seat at his hometown club, and that the BBC would be willing to have him do that, given the circumstances.

Chris Mort looked sullen faced at the front of the Director’s box yesterday, but we couldn’t see how owner Mike Ashley was – since Mike was again right in the middle of the Newcastle supporters. There’s no truth in the rumor that Mike himself was one of the fans singing “Newcastle were sh*t and we’re sick of it.” 😀

Sam told the Evening Chronicle today:

”You lose a game – and lose it badly – and you are under the cosh, especially if you are the manager.”

“I cannot blame the fans for what they were singing. We weren’t good enough and you don’t need to be an expert to see that.”

“They spend their hard-earned money and they want to see us fight and do an awful lot better than we did here today.”’

The one thing Sam has to do is have a heart to heart meeting with all his players and let them know, in no uncertain fashion, that this kind of performance will not do at this club. We’ll see the reaction at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, but it will have to be a tremendously positive reaction from the Newcastle players for the doom and gloom to be lifted on Tyneside.

That’s what we’ll be looking for on Saturday.

Comments very welcome.

54 comments so far

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    well mort and ashley do have a dilema on their hands,do they support big sam in the transfer market and ignore the fans? do they pay off allardyce and all his backroom staff? who would they get as manager? or are they just looking beyond this and his future isnt in question? no wonder mort was silent, would love to be a fly on the wall whan mort meets ashley next, if not already done so

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Mort keeping quiet is certainly a wise move. Likewise I noticed Shearers lack of comment on MOTD. I susepct he cares a lot more about the situation than he cared to say on MOTD. It would be awful if he was seen sticking the boot into Sam and then ending up with his job.

    Is Shearer the answer? Possibly not
    Is Allardyce the answer? Almost definitely not

    The only thing that Shearer could bring to the party at this moment is

    a) Motivating clearly dispirited players and getting them to play for pride in the shirt
    b) Stop us from playing truly crap football
    c) Keep us from going down

    That will be fine as a stop gap. Some former players take to it like a duck to water – others fail miserably. If going for another coach I’d rather we went for a top class coach with a proven record. However a six point haul from our next 10 games (check the fixture list against our form) may see us in desperate straits. Action may need to be taken very soon.

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    i agree rob, i checked fixture list too and it doesnt look good, i think that a decision is imminent,it has to be , for all the right reasons

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    bring shearer in, give him till the end of the seasn, get a quality manager and make shearer assistant, sounds like a plan.

  • bod

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    tom toon spot on im with u shearer will be know good on his own

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Alan Smith = Captain, is this some sort of joke, just because he runs around and fouls the opposition at every opportunity.
    We are completely f*ck3d, I’m sure he’s a nice lad but he’s just simply not good enough, commitment means nothing if you don’t have the skill to back it up – Alan Smith is the only person I know who can’t tackle and stay on his feet at the same time!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    be honest mort . its cos of the stupid wage packet freddy gave him and the silly payout required to sack him .

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #8

    ohh , and KEEGAN !!! , im telling you he’d come home 😛

  • steve c

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer is not stupid, he knows at the moment NUFC are a poisened chalice
    He knows that if he failed all of you who want him as manager now will be baying for his blood, and it would destroy his reputation. Also do you think any top flight manager is going to have Shearer on the scene knowing if things dont start well there will be calls for big Al to take over. Let the big man get some experience in the lower leagues before he comes to the Toon.
    Oh and by the way i hope Mort tells Allerdyce that he has to the end of the season to sort things out or he is gone

  • billy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    paul ince anyone?

  • stanley

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    the most important is that the player are not willing work under big sam.we gave him half season already,but he did nothing on the team,we play without a formation,that’s even worse than,it’s time to let big sam leave,dont’ waste the time anymore

  • Ashton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12


  • mark

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Dont sack him, its 6 months into it ffs. give him an actual chance, half a season is not enough time, id love to see some of these “fans” in the same position as Sam.

    Give him the adequate funds in january to allow him to bring in some creative players, and possibly a defender, and then lets see where we are come the end of the season, if were mid table, give him another season, if were still mid table, question him then. We have progressed under Sam, due to the fact we were worse off last season at this point than we are now.

    and to Ashton – yeah! Pellegrini! someone who does not know the english game or pressure the idiots at SJP will give him after 5 or 6 games.

    There is no other manager than Allardyce, Shearer is unproven.

  • bazpatta

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    keegan for me like! 3rd time lucky

  • dan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t give Sam ANY money until he shows signs of progress with the players we have got – thats fair isn’t it!? He bought alot of them!
    Otherwise he will spend 20 million and he’ll still get the sack at the end of the season!

    I can’t see things continuing the way they are. It needs to improve quickly or Mike and Chris will be forced to take action!

  • Mani

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Billy – at the moment, I’d take anyone – be that Paul Ince or Incey Wincey Spider….

  • Black Caesar

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Mr Ed! I think you ought to be very careful before championing or appear to be championing Alan Shearer as the next NUFC Manager.

    Shearer will not be the right man! NUFC manager is not an apprentice job and should not be for rookies. You should instead be championing a world class manager for Newcastle. I take it you too want the best NUFC.

    The test for our next manager should be simple – Is the putative manager in question good enough to rub shoulders with Benitez, Wenger and Ferguson. If not, then he doesnt deserve to be our manager!

  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Shearer?!?!… Really guys on what reason do u make this suggestion?

    “a) Motivating clearly dispirited players and getting them to play for pride in the shirt
    b) Stop us from playing truly crap football
    c) Keep us from going down”

    How on earth can u state these things?, Shearer have NEVER managed before so why would u be so sure that he can live up to all ur expectations? And with regards to the last point, why would u presume to make the club worse than things alrdy are at the moment?, would u be willing to let NUFC flirt with relegation to get ur way and have Sam sacked?

    And Keegan?, he failed once and he would fail again(it was good times, but different days and in the end he didnt make it and walked out). U really must have lost all sense of reality if u think he is the answer.

  • Eve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t know, I don’t think Shearer would be the best choice. Like he’s much to close to it. The fans, love him, the Newcastle guys in charge adore him, so even if he cocks up he wont be fired. Would he get the respect of the players, when I say that I mean, like half, if not most see him as a Newcastle icon, a hero, while some of the players like Given and Harper played with him for a long time. Would they take him seriously as a manager, and not their mate.
    I don’t think that it’d be a good idea, not yet anyway, maybe in a few years.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    keegan failed , but failed BIG . he walked out , but that was more todo with our board(that old chestnut).
    quite frankly , we need a geordie , no if’s nor buts about it .
    ive said before mort n ashley have a chance to right a few wrongs . getting keegan back would be one of those .

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    valle: Keegan failed? I only hope Sam Allardyce fails as much !!!! – even more if possible

    I don’t believe that Shearer would be the best option, however it is quite clear to me what qualities he would bring to the job. It is unclear what Allardyce has actually brought.

    You are right Shearer has never manged.

    Keegan had no experience whatsoever and made a great job off it.

    Allardyce had lots of experience and makes a right pigs ear of it.

    It’s the characeter of the man that matters as much as experience. We’d also end up with a manager who would also not be afraid of talking to the BBC (for a very strange reason), whilst hopefully not spinning a whole bunch of hogwash via other news outlets.

  • Graeme

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Bringing Keegan back is just about the most ridiculous thing I have read on this blog. He cant deal with pressure; it cracks him up and he walks and he’s done it several times.

    Shearer hasnt even managed a pub side; how the hell do you expect him to manage the Toon. Its an impossible ask and an impossible task.

    If a new manager is to be brought in, he HAS to be better than the last 5 managers, he HAS to be as good as Wenger, Ferguson etc. which leaves one obvious choice as he is currently unemployed. The question is, would Ashley and Mort be prepared to back him to the tune he would demand. If yes, then Champions League soccer is a definate possibility next year and the title within 4 years.

    Lets see if they have the balls to go for it!!!!!!!!

  • Graeme

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    What do you think Ed?? Will the board have the balls to bring in Morinho???

  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Hadrian…..We need a geordie?!! You sound like Freddie Shepherd WTF!!!! Rubbish, this is the closed minded sort of thinking that got us into this mess, we need a top quality manager!!! and I’m affraid there’s not many top quality geordie managers, do you want megson or steve bruce?! We need a Van Gaal, Jose, Hiddink ..someone with a proven track record of winning trophies, preferably someone with a footballing philosophy

  • bazpatta

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #25

    keegan failed? lol are u mad? he saved us from the brink of relegation and took us up, then nearly won the premiership man-the whole country loved watching us with his out and out attacking play-even if we did let in goals we scored more and won the matches!do u not think the reason he walked away from all those clubs including england was because his heart was still at newcastle and what nearly was?the man loves the club man and did as a player aswell-ive never im my life experienced such passion in the crowd as when he played and then returned to manage us-the place was buzzing-i duno who the hell he would sign mind to beat that team but hes the genius that is keegan-fair enuff he mite fail but hell die trying-its only an opinion anyway lads im not saying hes the ONLY man for the job! lol

  • martin

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    i’m still of the opinion that it’s too early to sack allardyce, but with the games coming up looking unlikely to bring many (any?) points, he might well get the chop if we get knocked out of the cup at Stoke.
    if he can somehow turn it around, he should get the rest of the season to see where we end up. i don’t expect miracles – a top half finish would do this time, but performances like the last two are unacceptable.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #27

    martin – we think Sam will get the chance. Of course there’s an easy way back for the team – and that’s to beat Chelsea on Saturday – they have a lot of injuries and didn’t look great in 4-4 draw against Aston Villa over weekend.

  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #28

    I remember KK saying that one of the reasons he walked was because we had just beaten spurs 7-1 and when he looked at the spurs manager (forget who that was at the time) he decided that he didnt want to this no more. That as well as the fact that Sir Alex plowed his mind when he wanted to tells me that he dosnt have what it takes, and he didnt make no wonder out of City when he went there… And yes, he did fail, taking into debate that a trophy was the aim at the time. That said, i loved those times as much as the next toon fan.

  • apan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #29

    i give him the whole season to prove his point, if he doesnt make it to at least top 8 man his out for me, boo yah BSA no more excuses, u aim for euro spot, now we are not even in top 10!

  • Scott

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #30

    At the moment the only way Sam can actually convince me that he is big enough for the job is by actually starting to play football! Seriously what we are using at the moment isnt football its just hoof it up the pitch and hope ball. He needs to start attacking teams instead of this defensive crap that hes serving us at the moment and then hopefully we will play football that is actually quite exciting to watch.

    Its like Keegans motto would be if you dont score you dont win while allardyces is if you dont concede you dont lose. Hes playing attacking minded players in a defensive setup and it just doesnt work.

    To be honest i dont think Sam will change the type of football we are playing and for that reason i just dont think he is the right man for the job.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #31

    scott i like that motto 🙂

  • Alex

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #32

    co adriaanse would be a great manager for us, his teams play attacking football and he instills fight,commitment and discipline into his squads. After leaving AZ Alkmaar he won the double in his first season in portugal.Shearer as his assistant would learn alot from the guy.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Co Adriaanse is good, hes managing some qatar club atm and he managed to get Mauro Zarate there (one of argentinas best young strikers, although he does get 5 mil a year and hes only 20), imagine what he could do with us.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Co Adriaanese bolts if he doesnt like the club, only problem.

  • Die hard toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Right now i am sick of Sam and his tactics the team he has is way better than what we all see but Sam needs more time like to the end of the season. Mort should let Sam know that is all the time he is getting and also give him the funds he need come January so he has no excuse come end of season if he does fail.

  • Obafan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Funny was that Smith needed to be calmed down by Duff yesterday and I thought the reaction of Duff was perfect. Smith was argueing his tackle (the goal came out of that set-piece); for him he played the ball but he only played the feet of the Wigan player. How stupid can you be to make a fault on that spot of the pitch. Leave Smith out of the squad and sell him to any team who informs about him. What does SA do, he makes Smith his captain!!! I don’t know but I really think SA wants to get the sack and earn his money, cause I think he can’t be that stupid.

    What do you think???

  • Obafan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Alex – I think you have got a point: Adriaanse as our manager assisted by Shearer.

    What do you all think about Pearson? When I hear him at MOTD I have the impression that he sometimes doesn’t know what he can say.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #38

    i feel pearson knows where we are going wrong but sam always tells him what to say but pearson doesnt agree.

  • Obafan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Perhaps you are right Tom_Toon. Is Pearson one of the staff appointed by SA????

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #40



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