Chris Mort Issues Statement on Newcastle Manager


Chris Mort has today issued a lengthy statement on the manager search going on at Newcastle United, and what they will be looking at the manager to do at the club. And it’s not just making sure the first team is very successful but Chris lists a number of criteria on which the new manager will be appointed. Sounds like good sound planning to us.

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Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort

The statement, which is from his Black n White matchday program notes, for Wednesday’s FA Cup 3rd round replay against Stoke City, is as follows:

There has been a great deal of speculation in the past week over who will replace Sam Allardyce as the manager of Newcastle United. The most important thing now is to get the decision right – and lay solid foundations for the future.That is why we will take whatever time is necessary in making the decision. This will be our first managerial appointment since taking control of the Club, and if we are going to get it right then the new manager will have to satisfy a number of criteria, which include:

– To have the team playing with the right balance of winning football and stylish football. This is probably the most difficult task. There are some clubs in the country where it is essential that the team generally tries to play football with some flair, and this is one of them. In the most difficult league in the world it is only the great managers that can combine that sort of style with winning. We appreciate we will have defeats and losing runs along the way but if the team is not trying to play football “on the carpet” as Sir Bobby Robson recently described it I think they will always struggle to win over the followers of Newcastle United.

– We would like a manager willing to develop the youth side of the club. For too long the club has missed out on too much of the young footballing talent in the region and, these days, that talent also needs to combined with young talent sourced both nationally and internationally.

– A manager that can speak English. There have been media suggestions that we would only appoint a British manager. That is not true. However, we think this is a big enough job without the manager having to operate through an interpreter, so the manager will have to be someone who is able to speak English.

– We need someone willing and able to take on, and cope with, Newcastle United. As a big club with massive potential this is a fabulous club to manage, and some of the candidates we have talked to appreciate that fact. However, we are not currently a Champions League team, and in six seasons out of the last ten we have finished in the bottom half of the Premier League. That means we are not necessarily going to interest a manger who is already at a team playing Champions League football or whose only ambition is to manage a top team in, say, Spain or Italy. We have also seen over recent months the pressures placed on Newcastle United and its manager by some of the press and occasionally by some of the supporters – we need someone who is willing and able to handle that.

Comments welcome.


61 comments so far

  • In toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Note that he does not mention that the next manager needs experience.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    wow, finding someone to check all those boxes won’t be easy……in fact i can only think of one man…..no, no i can’t, i can’t think of anyone.

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  • steve

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    That sounds like Mourinho has turned us down then, good statement from Mort. The facts speak for themselves, we’re usually a mid – bottom table team.
    Ow the truth hurts!

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  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    well, sounds like he put the Jose issue to bed right there…lol!

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  • lull

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Read the last sentence!

    It can be interpreted as:

    “We hope supporters will be nice to the new manager”

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry this does not fill me with confidence – it says to me that they are experiencing difficulties appointing a manager, therefore GH will have to do. – Oh woopy do!

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  • steve

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    It tells it like it is, if that stops us shouting for Van Gaal, Hitzfeld, Mourinho etc then thats probably the point of it – they won’t come to St James to manage a mid table team with a scurrilous press and demanding fans

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve – Well if that is the case why not appoint Keegan, someone who lovesthe club..?

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  • Grambo

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    MONEY TALKS !!! pay the big wages and someone will come!!

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  • Grambo

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t get me wrong i agree with Black and White blood, I would rather have someone who loves the club!

    But the big names will come if we give them the right incentive

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  • Steeley

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Grambo – is that really what we want to do though?? Someone gets offered the cash to manage a club where they dont want to be….sounds like an accident waiting to happen to me!

    I dont think the grim weather up north will be tempting to a lot of these foreigners either, sadly.

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  • wsq

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    the weather is terrible everywhere in this god damn island

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  • Number 9

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Houllier/Shearer or Keegan/Shearer, no other combination ticks the boxes. I’m hoping KK/AS

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  • tdt

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14
  • tdt

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    anyone??

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  • James

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #16

    A very clever statement by Mort. It basically says look we know you all want a world class manager but we have found it very difficult to get one to agree. As they have bigger ambitions and offers from teams bigger than us right now. So we are going to have to go with the next best option.

    At least Mort has tried to get us a top draw manager. Shepherd wouldn’t have even bothered. He’d have settled for the first one to say yes to the pay cheque.

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  • surey

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #17

    looks like tomorrow we know who will be THE BOSS God i hope so

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  • James

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #18

    tdt – very good coach, but never thought he’d want to come to the North East.

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  • paul p

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    dunno i just read it as well. never heard of braga like, can he speak english?? if you read mort’s comments also, he mentiones that they must speak english. that would rule out big phil also, money does talk, so we will have to wait and see now.

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  • tdt

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #20

    i see, ye so i sounds interested to me… think he would work, or stand a chance 4 that matter??

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  • surey

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    “Braga is rated the sixth-best coach in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.”
    what do you think guys?

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    A Newcastle Fan // Jan 15, 2008 at 12:12

    BREAKING NEWS…….

    KK’s got the job on a 3 year contract with Shearer as his number 2 – To be announced tomorrow at a press conference 11:30. Have to be careful what I say other than deal was agreed late yesterday afternoon. A close family member of Shearers [Mr Denis C*****n] confirmed it had been agreed and that he’s really looking forward to it. The evening chronical is aware of this source, and are in the process of confirming.

    Is this just a rumour or a poor joke on my stressed heart? Aww, I am declaring it unable to work early weekend!

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  • Zx

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #23

    This means Lippi, Mourinho, Hiddink are all out.
    =(

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Tha statement sounds an amazing amount like Houllier, i dont mind him personally.

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  • gm

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #25

    KevinHann – Where did you hear this from? is it legit or just anotehr rumour

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  • tdt

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #26

    kevin hann

    you speaking out ur ass or is this actual fact????

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  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #27

    kevin hann

    c-mon mate…where you find this article? sounds like rubbish as Shearer only arrived back in Newcastle this morning. you think he would have made a decision like that before meeting with the powers that be face to face!!!?!?

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  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #28

    nah…i dont believe it! would love it to be true, but i see too many holes in the statement!

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Someone just posted it in the other topic, I am asking not posting new information! No less in the bushes than you guys!!

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #30

    That statement is bollox. I’ll bet my new house on it. Another idiot, the orginal poster not kevin, just wanting some attention on the internet.
    I always wonder where Alan Oliver got his “exclusives” from before the internet. Oh that’s right his own arse, same as the who wrote what kevin posted.

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  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #31

    From the Evening Chronicle, written by Alan Oliver:

    I took a call last night from the No 2 to a top Premier League manager putting their case.

    And today the man who was officially ranked as the sixth best club coach in the world, 55-year-old Brazilian Abel Braga, contacted me to throw his hat into the ring.

    His representative, SFA Licensed Players Agent Alex McLaughlin, told me: “Abel is a very experienced coach who has outstanding tactical and coaching skills and he has managed at the highest levels in both Brazil and France.

    “He is currently with Internacional Brazil and they have just won the Dubai Cup beating Inter Milan.

    “He is looking for an opportunity to return to Europe and he knows all about the situation at Newcastle United and he believes he can bring success to whichever club he joins.”

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  • oztoon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #32

    What is it with us lot? One minute we all want to be entertained with good football, next thing Mourinho’s heading the list of who we want to manage the club! He’s a winner, but his teams are boring to watch.

    I’d prefer Hughes myself – ambitious, hard as nails and knows how the game should be played. Add to that his connections to some of the best in football and I think he’d do well.

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  • tdt

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #33

    affraid i have 2 agree, not much validity there i dont think

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Kevin Hann.
    Should that not be
    Breaking Wind

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  • Sturla

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Great words from our chairman. I think we all can agree with what he’s saying.

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Another idiot, does that refer to me as an idiot as well? :O
    Hey, don’t shoot the guy who asks a question, can’t I be curious? It’s not that I have any chance to divide crap rumours and a rumours with foundation since all I get to read as information comes from the web 🙁

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  • geordieboy

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #37

    who ever it is, Lets get behind him. Get positive not negetive. ( local press)

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  • ChrisL

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t want someone here only for a big pay packet. I want someone who thinks it’s a step up or a great opportunity or just loves the club.
    I think this is a great statement & hopefully we (the fans) can just look forward to the next announcement from the club (not the press tw*ts) about who our next manager is. We’ve all had our say now… have some faith in Mort/Ashley to deliver what they’ve outlined in that statement.

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  • Murvar

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Kevin Hann – don’t get upset; remember the average age of the people on the site is about 14 and most of them are wagging off school. They don’t know football from their break-time Kit-Kat and can only stay on the web until their mum calls them in for tea.

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  • Mighty Mouse

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Southern_Magpie I saw that also. Who could the number 2 be? Could it be Pat Rice, Wenger’s number 2??

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