Sky Sports News Loves Chris Mort

The announcement of Kevin Keegan as manager has been all over the sports news these last few hours, and all over the football world. But none more so than on Sky Sports. And they are thanking Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort for that.


Mike Ashley with our excellent Chairman Chris Mort

The sports news last night and today is of course all about Kevin Keegan’s dramatic return to the club he calls home – Newcastle United. As soon as Chris Mort and Kevin arrived back at Newcastle Airport yesterday, the cameras were in Kevin’s face and he corrected a reporter that this was not his second coming but his third time at Newcastle United. He also played for Newcastle United before he became manager the first time.

Kevin first arrived at Newcastle United in 1982, and left in 1984. Kevin had a fabulous record at Newcastle of scoring 48 goals in 78 appearances, and of course was Newcastle captain. That’s when the love affair started with Newcastle United and the fans, and then Sir John Hall made him manager in 1992, for the first time.

Sky Sports yesterday, to their credit, have been quick to praise Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort, who told Sky Sports they would be the first to know about any deal for a new manager. And as Sky Sports drooled over the news, Chris had been as good as his word, and they were the first to know about Kevin’s appointment. Sky Sports announced the news around 4:20 pm local time.

This news about Kevin’s appointment is very good publicity for Newcastle United around the world. We know the club gets a lot of criticism in the past, some of it even deserved. But this could only happen at Newcastle United, with the fantastic, fanatical and passionate fan support that exists on Tyneside.

The Newcastle club is now run very professionally by Chris Mort, and we think he and Mike were really annoyed about what happened over the weekend with Harry Redknapp. But they have made a very good recovery, and nobody knew about Keegan until it broke on Sky News yesterday afternoon.

Sky News were delighted, but that was of course nothing compared to the reaction of the Newcastle faithful all over the world.

As we said, this could only happen at Newcastle United.

Good for Chris Mort and Mike Ashley, and great for Newcastle fans.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


    Was watching the highlights from the game on youtube at:

    Go to it and flick to 3mins and 50secs

    This is milners goal, then look at the reaction of Chris Mort on the Right of Keegan he looks like SUCH a nancy boy from london who only started watching football when he came here. He looks so excited ha ha ha ha ha ha have a look and tell me what you think!

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Midjew – Unlike most Chairman he cares about the football on the pitch and not just the money in the coffers. He has fallen in love with our club and celebrated like a true Geordie

  • wayne

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    well i think its great that sky sports news had an exclusive on kk lets have more on new signings etc and also on our spendid attacking play me hopes under our new manager

  • Steeley

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    I think it speaks acres that nobody really thought Keegan would come here!! He was clear favourite with the fans after Mourinho in all the polls (and Jose was never coming here really was he!) – so I think this is a major coup.

    Sky Sports can bleat on all they want about “breaking news from sources” but the club out-foxed everyone and showed just how clever they really are!

    I think they’ve pulled a right one this time, and it looks so promising for the future!

  • AlexW

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Chris Mort and Mike Ashley are true geordies, unlike chairmans of the past………

  • Leo*

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    exactly james. passion flows through our club now

  • wsq

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    i can’t wait for the press conference!!!! when is it? anyone know?

  • George

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Well done to Chris Mort and Mike Ashley.
    They promised Skysports news they would tell them first of any news, and true to their word they did.
    Midjew fails to say that not only CM show his feelings for the goal, but it also showed the passion that he has. CM may speak with an accent, so what, so do we.
    If CM speaking and cheering a goal is laughable, then i am afraid so are tens of thounsands who support NUFC and let their feelings be known.
    Midjew is obviously a Mackem, someone who never has anything to smile about. Or is midjew just as sad as most of the press. Midjew may also be a friend of Annul Oliver, who is furious that no one at NUFC gave him the tip off about KKs return.
    Either way Midjew, i dont think many will look to agree with your childish comments about CM after what he and MA have just given the toon and its supporters.

  • Kash2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Good goal by milner though! I asked my mate last night if he reckoned if Keegan will sign the next Ginola. He replied back saying, “a new Ginola, Albert and ferdinand will do”. On the basis of Milners goal, Keegan must be thinking that he has someone who could emulate Ginola, not entirely, but slightly! Still, signing the next Ginola would be amazing, however the only player that comes to mind who was similar to him is Ronaldo!

  • Kash2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Apart from Ronaldo can head the ball and defend batter than Ginola!

    MidJew, you’re a tosser!

  • wsq

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    time to change that banner!! with the messiah’s face

  • Griff

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    People may say it was only Stoke, but lets not forget we beat them 4-1…. with 10 men pretty much the whole game.

  • wayne

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    the press conference is 2 0 clock friday sky sports i think?

  • Stami

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Zoggy was amazing in midfield last night! his creative flair really came through on the pitch! and we had him filling in at LB…! the whole team infact looked lifted! i know it was Stoke, but we played with heart and determination and thats what helps win matches

  • wsq

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #15

    we played a with a man down comfortably.
    press conference tomorrow at 2pm! woohoo

  • b3v

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16

    I think N’Zogbia should always play centre midfield from now on, he was amazing, especially as he was by himself really when emre was sent off.
    I think casapa will improve under keegan too.
    That Chikhaoui is brilliant, just watched him on youtube!

  • evildick

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    it’s good to see even wsq is excited! howay UNITED!

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    This Chikhaoui seems like a great prospect for the Premiership. Though he needs a lot of work, he certainly fills the bill for a Keegan type of player. I read Arsenal or Bayern are after him though – doubt the Gunners will buy anymore this month, but he could be headed for Munich.

  • adaaaam

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #19

    i love the way mort seems to be kickin every ball on that video man, what a legend

  • Rich

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    can everyone just get off Chris Morts bell end please?

    bloody hell, you would think that MOrt had just won the premiership for us the way this article sounds.

    fact is Mort is a layer and has very limited football knowledge, and in my opinion took the easy option of appointing King Kev.

    Im starting to see why this blog is among the other dross that appears on news now.

  • John

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Rich , How do you know he has no knowledge off Football . Just because hes a lawyer by tade does’nt mean he know’s nothing about footie.

    Do you know him or somthing LOL

  • wayne

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #22

    90% of nufc fans when asked would of liked to see keegan back as mags boss now that he is why not support him and if he doesnt come up the goods one more ghost of ashleys and mags supporters back

  • John

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #23

    jesus wayne your full off optimism …

    Man Keegan is back..Remember?

    Only time will tell, he’s got the backing off big Mike so im sure there’s brillant times ahead for us..

    Cheer up 🙂

  • Micky C

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #24

    All I have to say is well done Mr Ashley/Mort on first the appointment of KK and second the fact that no one outside the club had any clue about this deal what a refreshing change. Lets hope that business is done this way from now on and not in the press like in the past

  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Sam Allardyce just seems now as a distant bad memory. Upwards is the only way from here!

  • wayne

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #26

    i am happy john but mags fans expectations a few bad results and ” he should never have come back” you see my point we have got to be patient and hopefully get the football we deserve im for one very optimistic

  • John

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m sure once we start to play football again and not hit and hope for the best we will be successful again.

    Regardless what happens the imprtant thing is that KEEGAN will always be a legend …

    I’m sure he’ll get it right…He knows whats best for Newcastle and for us…


  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #28

    A bit harsh on midjew i think ! I take it he’s just wrapped in the excitement too !!!

    Whereas Rich, why do you bother? Maccum r ya? and suppose I’ll get an ear bashing from you now !!!!!!

  • david bulman

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #29

    it was great to see duff nzogbia and milner in midfield together,1st exciting football played all year,duff had excellent game and will be great under keegan.hopefully thats the end of smith in midfield now who offers nothing,hes a striker.hopefully bring in some good players and needs to buy some defenders.richard dunne hasnt signed contract with city yet,and would be great to get him and wes brown,be nice partnership.


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