Chris Mort Issues Statement on Manager


Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has issued a statement early this afternoon, on the manager situation at the club.

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Chris Mort – professional statement from the Chairman

Here is the Official Newcastle United statement from Chairman Chris Mort:

“In the process of appointing a new manager at Newcastle United, we have identified and spoken to a number of potential candidates.”

“This is a very important appointment – our first since taking control of the Club – and we will take as long as required to make sure we bring in the right person.”

“That person will be someone we believe will be able to deliver successful results and performances to accompany that.”

“We can confirm that Harry Redknapp is one of the people the Club has spoken to. However, Harry made it clear he is happy with life on the South Coast and we wish him well for the future.”

“We will continue to devote our time to the very important task of selecting the right person to manage Newcastle United and we will make a further announcement when appropriate.”

As usual it’s a good statement from the chairman, and probably an attempt to calm things down a little.

But Chris – who are we after? 😀

Comments welcome.


83 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    I think personally there’s a burning bridges feeling coming out from St James’ , who in their right mind would contemplate being a No 2 [other than Steve McLaren a la England job] .

    Please tell me one of those being spoken to is Jose…

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  • BW Positive

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #2

    After giving it so much consideration, it is now absolutely obvious Alan Shearer is PERFECT for this job. Some say he needs more experience. Where is he going to get that from ? By joining a small side for 3 or 4 years. Can you honestly see Alan doing that. Besides, look how many other big name big character ex players go straight into a large side, such as Keane, Keegan. SO many I could go on. Alan knows nufc inside and out. And whilst he was Roeders second in charge, it was HIM that did the team talk. For those 8 matches, we were great. Many believe it was Al who got Roeder tha job because as soon as Al left everything went flat. He would be given the job for life. He is toon through and through, he knows everything about this club. Let him learn his first few years required for a new manager to fit into a managerial comfort zone with Newcastle United. Dowse him with trust, transfer kittys and time. He KNOWS exactly what the place needs, he has our love and respect. His philosophy is paralell to us. He is also a fan, he feels the pain we do, results matter to him. In defeat he wouldnt see the positives and reflect on those, he would demand the players understood what is needed. He would identify bad characters knowing what it is like being a world reknown international footballer. I would be exstatic if the man joined us. It makes sense. There is no better time. New club board, new players no debt. He wont learn his experience anywhere else, HE WONT NEED TO. He is never going to be someones assistant manager at newcastle, its not neccessary he would be a fifth wheel. Alan can be our boss and he can fit into his position and the whole club would be reunited. No PLAYER would EVER dream of opposing Wor Alan like they would Roeder, Sam, Souness, Rednapp etc. And if that wasnt enough, Alan would be reunited back into Newcastle United, into the dressing his character would lift players alike tremendously. Players would know and respect him, look upto him. Because Alan is the mortal rendition of Newcastle United

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I like Mort, lets hope I still like him in a weeks time. Jose..maybe..attacking, maybe not? I’m still going for the Shearer/Keegan combo, why not?

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  • B3v

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    only shearer if he is mourinho’s number 2, then he’s getting world class experience, and alan will have the attacking tactics! 2 big names to attract good players and a good management team.

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  • Ross

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Keegan and Wor Al. What a dream that would be:)

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  • billygee

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Go for Benitez while the Liverpool owners are looking to do the dirty on him. He can do a good job here and prove them wrong. Or Gerrard Houllier, he’s proved himself and would like to come back to the preiership.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    this is a situation i expected from freddy shepered , not from mort and ashley .
    arry redknapp has alot of friends in ashleys circle , same go’s with hughes , feel’s to me like ashley is lining up his mates to take over.
    id only be happy myself with one of the top 6 in your poll Ed , even then the german is pushing it .

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  • ShiNg

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    really disappointed by AM & CM have not make an appointment before sucked big sam during the transfer window.

    It is hard to believe that their first choice is Arry. So sadly about it. Will the second choice be Jol who is really interest in the job?? What the ……..

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  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Mourinho and Shearer would never work… Alan needs to be boss if u know anything about his charecter… Listen, we’re running out of options and imo we have 2 choices, go for a proven big time manager and pay whatever it takes… 50 mil over 4 years might be better spent on Mourinho than trnasfers. If that dosnt work go for a lesser manager who is known to play an attacking passing game and BACK HIM for 3 years at least. Shearer could come into the last bracket, we dont know yet, but he is almost certain to prefer an attacking passing game.

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  • IN THE KNOW !!!!!!

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    BW POSITIVE
    Totally agree only 1 man for the Toon , Shearer !!
    When Souness was sacked Roeder took over with Shearer by his side what happened???????? We won how many games?? Enough to qualify for Europe……..The following season Roeder on his own with more or less the same team what happened?? We need someone who will have the respect of the players and who understands the club from top to bottom……..
    Only 1 man i know of and his name is SHEARER !!!!!

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  • james williams

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    please don t let it be steve mc claren we will be doomed then.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeh and why not. They would be given more time in the eyes of the fans and the board and longevity is what we need. They would bring a certain attacking spirit back to the side. They wouldn’t cost too much. They’d talk to he BBC. They have significan networks within the game. The soap opera would stay alive and we cold all have a good old laugh at the bizzareness of life following NUFC. 🙂

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  • jason moscrop

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    who is it going to be ? ? ? ? Mark Hughes is the man for me

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    like ive said in an earlier blog:
    ok, look.mort has said we have contacted every target.so, they must be people out of a contract or people who are about to leave a club as anything else would be tapping up and the media would be having a field day with names as they did with redknapp, truth is they havnt got a clue. so the list shortens, hughes has already ruled himself out, it wont be keegan so
    shearer
    jol
    hitzfeld
    mourinho
    and im not sure what lippi and hiddink situations are, but i believe it will be one of those.
    and lets face it, last week against stoke we would of accepted any of them wouldnt we.
    whoever it is ashley is said to be going to back them big time,so lets chill and await another rollercoaster ride

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  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh and BTW CM and MA are AMATEURS!!!

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  • lee

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #16

    ince

    martin allan

    jol

    lippi

    shearer and or keegan

    hughes

    scolari

    van gaal

    all would be good choices but the 1 thing they have in common is they play good football

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #17

    No I don’t think Alan and Jose would work. But I do think Shearer would need a very experienced assistant, or even to be the assistant himself…to Keegan!

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  • The northern monkey

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #18

    i totally agree B3v that was my prediction a few days ago reckon it would be a mega combo total class lets get them in!!!!

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  • nufcstats.com

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Redknapp answer was a relief for me. I don’t think he would be a right man for THAT job. I appreciate him very much if the conditions were so good as we heard and despite that he choose to stay at Portsmouth. I would feel very sorry for them if we had stolen their manager.
    what next? it sounds good Ashley and Mort won’t rush until they find right man (only concern is transfer window) but now it is obvious they sacked Sam without having a replacement and I’m a little bit dissapointed with that but hope for happy end.
    Shearer… it is risky but sometimes it is worth. I can’t see any experienced avaliable man (be real) right now so maybe it is time to gamble on Al…

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #20

    No! Jose would never agree to work with Shearer, they’re both too arrogant and self assured.

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  • B3v

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #21

    I just thought it would be good experience for Alan and gain his badges, then ready to take over the reigns eventually. I just don’t want to be the laughing stock of football, and I think this would put out a serious message to other clubs that we were back for the long term.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Patience patience, I believe we will find out very soon ( before Wednesday) whether or not MA has the right idea about this club.
    If not by Wednesday that will show us that he has misread the Toon Army and out of his depth.

    Jose ………. dreaming (but I’ve been singing Jose Mourinho in my head since I heard the news about HR lol)

    Shearer why not if he has the right number 2, like what BW Positive posted and also not many managers get experience at smaller clubs or clubs in lower leagues. Keane is doing it and stuggling in EPL anyway.

    Hughes ….. no better than Sam or Redknapp

    Louis van Gaal getting a few tips from the media ! lol as if we can trust the media.

    Jol ….. high in the odds still, ok manager but not my choice.

    Others …. well who knows what’s gonna happen but I hope MA and CM know for the sake of the club.

    I’m so happy it’s not HR I feel like I don’t care anymore but deep down I do care so much but am prepared to back whoever it is now ( aslong as HR doesn’t come )

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Give Shearer the job! A natural leader of men, a hell of a footballer, and idolised by the city! If he can’t get our lazy overpaid players playing then no-one can! Plus, we might get to see him knock Roy ‘the dog wanker’ Keane spark out on the touchline, just as Owen is scoring his 5th in the 5-0 win!

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  • B3v

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24

    oh and i think your forgetting, jose used to me number two for sir bobby. no harm in asking 🙂

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #25

    its looking like shearer is the only person that can take the job 🙁 . he wouldnt be everyones first choice , nowhere near .
    but only shearer and a handfull of other managers will get the time they need from us , now thats not our fault , its years of telling our board to get the right man and years of being dissapointed by their appointments .
    we are by no means the perfect fan lately , but its not our fault we have ended up like this .
    any newcastle board only needs to ask us once for whatever they need and this whole city would bend over backwards for them , yet we never get listened to properly like we should .
    everyone assumes this city would throw a party if we won owt , they just dont realise the extent of it , again for the 10th time in ten years we have a chance to appoint someone who matches the ambitions of the thousands of loyal fans who support the club, again the idiots in charge looks tobe ballsing it up.
    i can see hughes getting the job cos he’s ashleys mate .

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #26

    B3V: No I’d hate him (Alan) to be the laughing stock too…still there’s always the BBC. I just think with Keegan we would be reuniting two legends. But who knows it could all go so easily a over t. I wonder….

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  • Pete

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Ah well boys.. so much for the shrewd businessman Ashley and his partner in crime Chris Mort. It turns out they DID sack Sam without having the slightest clue who would replace him in.
    I guess you can make 1.7 billion pounds by making rash decisions like the one made at wednesday afternoon after all..
    I’m extremely disappointed by this poor show of leadership, it gives me flashbacks to a certain somebody who made similar decisions a little while back

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #28

    people need to really look at what mort is saying here, he has said:
    “In the process of appointing a new manager at Newcastle United, we have identified and spoken to a number of potential candidates.” then goes on to say:
    “We can confirm that Harry Redknapp is one of the people the Club has spoken to. However, Harry made it clear he is happy with life on the South Coast and we wish him well for the future.

    so isnt it obvious he spoke to all the other candidates aswell at more or less the same time/day. and all the media has picked up on is redknapp.so harry wasnt number 1 completely,its just the media are making it look like that and havent got the foggiest who else has been approached

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed:

    Just noticed! Love the question mark on the team graphic – what did you use Microsoft Paint! 🙂

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #30

    To me it was worrying that Harry was on the list. Purely because of his baggage.

    We actually don’t know if he was a prefered or first choice. All we know is that he or somebody at the Portsmouth end squeaked first and let it be known through channels that he had been approached. Hence the bookies feeding frenzy.

    A couple of days ago, Alex Fergusson amongst other things, said he was amazed by the people he believed we were after. Don’t know whether that was as a result of our possible ambition or ineptitude !!!

    People in footballing circles will have a good idea about our potential targets. At least it seems that any other discussions are for the time being, carried out fairly much under the radar. Lets keep it that way, for the sake of the already tarnished reputation of the club

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  • geordie down south

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #31

    SHEARER SHEARER SHEARER…or Mourinho lol

    They Both Sound Better everytime i think about it lol

    xx

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  • billy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    i think shearer would only be a number 2 to keegan . that would be perfect . happy its not harry .

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Pete: For the moment I would give Ashley / Mort the benefit of the doubt. It appears that we have not illegally approached anybody and got into the mess that Spurs did with Ramos. Maybe Ashleys mate has advised him well – not to get involved in such matters.

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  • Gareth Coffey

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #34

    this is a response to andy gray’s article at

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_3038871,00.html

    Andy I’m sorry your wrong to say all the Newcastle fans want is Shearer as boss. Where did this assessment come from? A few people on the streets? If your going to make such an assumption why not get a broad sample of opinion like available at

    http://nufcblog.com/2008/01/11/newcastle-news/results-of-newcastle-manager-poll-jose-on-top/

    Mourinho is the clear fans choice with nearly 2,000 votes cast in total, followed by Hitzfeld who leaves Munich in the summer, and Keegan polled third, Shearer came 7th with only 55 votes, about 3% hardly a clamour for him to be boss is it?
    I was surprised as anyone to see Sam sacked and would have accepted him until the end of the season, however we have played rubbish all season (Arsenal at home apart), tactics were to negative home and away, I’m not saying we are good enough to break into the top 4 but when your squad contains players such as Given, Beye, Cacapa, Enrique, Emre, Duff, Butt, Martins, Viduka, and Owen (all players who have performed admirably in the champions league) is it to much for the fans to expect Newcastle to go to Derby with a bit more ambition than to simply nullify and contain them? This was Sam’s attitude and mentality, which resulted in talented players having no confidence in their ability. His signings haven’t been that bad and I think the squad is stronger than when he took over in the summer. Beye for example was starting to show a bit of form, Enrique at left back was courted by Madrid and Barcelona and was quite a coup when we managed to sign him, but Sam would not play him, although he performed probably better than some of the other players (Geremi, Barton, Rozenhal, Smith). When Evra and Vidic 1st came to Man UTD they struggled but Fergie knew what they were capable of and stuck with them and instilled confidence in them, now they are regarded as two of the best in the league in their respective positions, if Sam showed confidence in Enrique I’m sure the same would happen with him.
    The Toon fans will be patient if the manager learns from his mistakes, shows passion and appears to be moving the team forward, Bobby took 3seasons to qualify for Europe but the fans weren’t baying for his blood because he looked to be making progress. The Liverpool game at home was a disgrace and we should have got beat by 5 or 6. All season we have served up terrible performance one after another is it any wonder Ashley sacked him? Behind the scenes I think Sam did a decent job but on the pitch we have went backwards (despite arguably a better squad)
    Who would I like as manager?
    I would probably agree with the top 3 of the above poll, Mourinho doesn’t play Wenger type football, but he would understand the fans better, and instil passion and BE GIVEN TIME without doubt (we will accept an average style of play as long as the results are above average). Hitzfeld plays attacking football has a great pedigree, commands respect, will be free agent in the summer and has said in the past he would like to manage in the Premiership. Keegan might not want the hassle or to risk his hero status, but he might just see Newcastle as unfinished business and he was talking recently about the passion of toon fans and that you have to buy into their mentality, so why not? Other than these 3 why not Van Gaal? He’s at AZ (hardly a big club) and he will only be able to achieve so much as they are a selling club, sale of Koovermans to PSV in the summer illustrates this, and he did say last yr when Roeder was in charge that with the players we have we should be doing better he obviously thinks he could do better, so why not let him try. The new boss has to be a sign of intent, ambition and someone who will excite the fans, Redknapp a nice bloke but he wouldn’t of done this, but no matter who it is he will be supported, if he performs, so Andy before you churn out chants of Shearer, Shearer, do some research and try to gain some understanding of the issue, background, and facts. Is this not what effective journalism is about? I hope you read this and post a response but I doubt you will.

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #35

    rob i agree, i just think harrys the only one on list which has leaked out.but dissapointed he was on the list to start with

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #36

    £4.4 million bet on HR amazing bookies are having a good day today.

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #37

    i think that its corupt the way the bookies have made their cash with all the bets on redknapp

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  • steve

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #38

    @carl – and its also obvious that all they had was a wish list and didn’t really have a clue when they sacked Sam.

    Its one thing making a ton of cash in a business you know about and a completely different thing trying to make a success following the same principles running a football club especially when you don’t know a lot about football.

    Hopefully Mort & Ash will now start working their way down this blogs poll and start speaking to people that we feel can bring something to the club.

    I’m getting an idea that we’ll end up with Shearer , to be fair it’s harder to see him doing any worse than the last three incumbents and he’ll definitely get more time to turn things round.

    Come on the toon

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #39

    @Steve: I don’t think Shearer would be the worst option. However I dont think he has completed all of his coaching badges yet – so on top of everything else we would have to go through the bother we did for Roeder. Allardyce might even object again :0)

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  • Jim

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Lets hope they have the sense at least to appoint an experienced manager and have Shearer as his assistant!!

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