Mort Admits to (Another) Transition Season


Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has admitted this season will be a transitional one for Newcastle, after changing managers in January.

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Chris and Kevin – transitional season for Newcastle says Chairman

Chris Mort said today:

“We appreciate that we are below mid-table, we’re out of one cup and while we’re hopefully going to progress in the other, it’s going to be a tough job,”

“We were not going to take the decision of changing the manager lightly. We talked about the timing. You could say: ‘Well why didn’t you just give him the season,’ but then we would have had another transition season next season for the new man.”

“We felt that was the wrong thing to do.”

Mort, who admitted to being impressed by Keegan’s infectious enthusiasm since he arrived at the club, is hoping he can win hearts and minds across the country as well as Premier League points. We think that’s already happening. Chris continued:

“Clearly every league position in the Premier League matters a great deal financially. We want to get up the Premier League.”“

“We’re not going to dismiss getting as high as we can and say: ‘Let’s go and win a League Cup.’ There’s a very hard-nosed financial aspect to this as well. But we want to win something.”

“My personal memory of Kevin’s previous time here is just the way he transformed this club into one where people were either Newcastle supporters or felt Newcastle were their second team because of the way he went about his business, and the way his players went about their business as well.”

“If we could get back to that position, I’d be delighted.”

So would most Newcastle fans Chris.

We would hope that Kevin can start getting the best out of the squad, even if we cannot get any new players in during the next 9 days. If anybody can get the best out of the squad it’s got to be Kevin.

And perhaps we can start moving up the table during the latter part of the season, and then be ready next season for take-off. 😀

Comments welcome.


57 comments so far

  • Chicken

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Every season’s a transitional season at the Toon. We’re becoming a bad joke – no wonder the press love writing about us so much.

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  • Josh

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    biiiigg sigh. That really was a terrible speach from Chris. Pray that Keegan can turn us around or we are skrewed.

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    that speach is not new, he made it last week sometime. it is no big deal. its obvious that we are going to do not much this season other than steady the ship. i get the feeling though that they will give kk as much time as needs be. they clearly did not like or want sam spending their money and time. kk is their man and they will stand by him. i will be happy for a top ten finish this season to be honest and i think that will be our realistic aim with the run in we have. i am more looking to next season already as i know the kev is one for the big names more than the small fry. i think we will get two big names in this window though to give us the injection we need at this time. SWP is a classic keegan style player, lets see eh!

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a great speech by Chris because it completely takes the pressure off Keegan for this season and allows him to find his feet again.

    If he’d set goals about league position and the FA Cup it would have added pressure to Keegan that he doesn’t need right now.

    Give him 5 months to get back into the swing of things, and then watch us fly next season!

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  • Faustino

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    See this for what it is; the first appointment and first transitional season in a new regime that has a lot of work to do to counter the destruction done during the era of Shephard. Anyone who expected anything more than what Mort is saying here is sorely deluded. We won’t make europe, we’ll be luckier than a leprachauns horse shoe to beat the gooners once out of the next two games but, there is hope for the next 3 years now whereas under Fat Sam there was none. Perfectly displayed by Bolton’s woeful tactics at SJP. It’s worth noting that Keegan’s first season of the last spell was exactly the same as this one, no hope of anything glitzy but a chance to build for next year. Patience.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with Mort, Sam ‘should’ have been sacked when he was, otherwise, we would be in a relegation dogfight in the run up to the end of the season. KK’s apointment has given the whole CITY, not just the club a lift. Hopefully KK can get a few solid defenders and an attacking midfielder to the club in the next 9 days and we can start ATTACKING and get into the top 8 at least! KEEP THE FAITH!

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  • Lynda

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    This season was always going to be a transitional season: 9 new players, new manager, new ownership and 3 football teams’ worth of back room staff. Not to mention all the litigation against us (eg. Kevin Bond), the Quest allegations, the fraud raids and the fact that Shepherd left us close to bankruptcy. In hindsight, we were a bit daft to expect anything else. Some clear progress should have been all we expected, with the real progress happening next season. What Mort has done is remove any excuse for next season: we have our man in now, in good time for everything to take off nicely from the start of next season.

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  • Chicken

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m pig sick of writing off a season half way thru January and then saying “yeah but next season…”. Same old shite and it’s getting boring.
    TBH I’d much rather finish 17th and get to the final of the FA Cup, even if we lose AGAIN!!!
    Better than finishing 9th or 10th and not even getting Europe.

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  • Newcastlefan

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #9

    We all must give Kev time. Great there were no boo boys at the last game. It would be good if at the end of the next poor game we chanted Keegan’s name. Cheered every great effort put in by the players. See how the enthusiasm would run through the club. See where it takes us !

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Quit your whining Chicken – we are where we are – we have changed manager mid season – it can be nothing else other than a transition season by definition.

    As long as the transition shows positive results throughout the rest of the season, and we show that are on the right track ( which we didnt for the first half of the season) I’m happy .

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    This season ws always going to be difficult with a new owner and new manager in the summer.

    Atleast now we have the right manager in position and the owner seems to want to back his words with dosh. This can’t be bad.

    Imagine MA telling BSA use your imagination, make this club great again.” Now who do you want?”

    BSA “Nolan”

    BSA exit stage left lmao.

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  • willowtoon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Obafan – Priceless –

    Mort has basically told the press – back off we have no pressure on KK and judge us this time next year.

    He is quite right that this means next season is not transitional for the owners or KK

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    whats up chicken?…………you have to look at the big picture mate instead of just what has gone on on the actual pitch. we were close to bankruptsy when ashley took us over, we are now the only team in the prem with not a penny owed to a soul, we are fully paid up and this in turn will give us much more buying power as the profits will go through the roof. we were paying 20 million a year back on various loans plus all the shite interest. so, looking at it from that angle, its been a top season for us and a season which could well turn out to be defining in the long run. besides which, the power is shifting again in the prem, liverpool are fading along with bolton and spurs compared to their recent seasons. we will turn the corner and move on up next season.

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  • jimmer

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    we’ll be in transition next season too when keegan gets sacked

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  • steve

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Good words from Mort, I’m nor expecting any miracles this season. Geez give Keegan a break, he’s only been there four days.
    Anyway I reckon we can beat Arsenal and go on to win the F.A Cup and push up the league to about 6th 🙂
    No pressure Kev

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Dont think so Jimmer, sacked? that will NEVER happen. Are you a Mackem by any chance?

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    So do i steve, so do i!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    omg Jimmer!

    craig chisholm, very true. Now MA has ditched Smudges shirt he’s on his way to becoming a total Geordie 🙂

    Remember when BSA got sacked (mutually left lol) and the only words came from MA’s friend who said trust him(MA), he will deliver. Well in the back of my mind was well who do you mean it can’t be dodgy HR.

    Well he HAS delivered what the vast majority of fans wanted! Unbelievable !

    Forget the media and back SJP 100%, what a time it was last time and rarely in life you get a second (coming) chance. So it isn’t going to be easy but it’s gonna be a whole load of fun.

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  • nufc

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    haha look at that it says ashton will complete 12m move to toon tomorrow great if it was true.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_A…

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    The problem with NUFC is that we’ve been in a transition ever since Sir Bobby left.
    Unlike others who cannot see past their very heavily tinted rose tinted glasses I can understand what Chicken is saying without having a dig.
    For the past four or five years we’ve been writing off the season by Feb. We are normally out of all cup competitions and are sitting in the midfield mire, with no hope of qualifying for Europe, just waiting for the next season to start.
    Anyway, no matter what the press say the timing of BSA leaving and KK coming in was ideal. KK get’s to settle in for a few months, sees where he needs to improve the team and goes for it in the summer transfer market, ready for the 2008/2009 season. Then the pressure will be really on!

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21

    CUT THE CRAP
    GET THE BLOODY PLAYERS !

    i am frustrated i guess..

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  • Anon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #22

    This really is from a very reliable source. Someone V.Close to NUFC, so please do not poo poo it, sit back and think about everything that has been said!!

    A bid WILL be lodged for…….Steven Gerrard!!!
    The bid will be in the region of 25m……the man himself feels this will be rejected, but they will go higher!!The pools skipper is hating it at Liverpool at the minute for all the off the field goings on!!

    He doent see eye to eye with Rafa, and he hates the way the board are money grabbing.

    EMO has already spoken to SG to see if he would be interested, and the information is, he most definatley would should the shenannigans between board and manager not cease……..

    THINK about what all have said recently and you will see the possibilities…………

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  • broon ale

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed, can we have an article on anal oliver? p.s, dont repeat any of his storys!! Thanks

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    ANON is A Oliver? lol

    Gerrards heart is at Anfield and difficult to see him elsewhere but if he wants to leave then get him.

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  • Anon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #25

    I am not Anal!!!!!!
    I did predict on this board, the signings of 5 out of BSA 9 pre season!!

    Trust me, i do have a cracking source!!!

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  • Stami

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Anon…you are smoking crack if you think that Stevie G is leaving the Pool! Benitez will get sacked before the board let the best midfield player in England leave the club!!! he wouldnt be the same player anywhere else anyway!

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  • Leo

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    aww am sick of transition

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Anon – it would take £35 million to even tempt Liverpool into selling Gerard. That’s what Chelsea offered and he handed in his transfer request.

    And the minute the world of football thinks Gerard wants to leave Liverpool, then all the majors, Barca, Madrid, Milan, will all be more tempting to Gerard.

    I’m not saying Mort won’t bid. He may very well. But he’ll never get Gerard (unfortunately)

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  • broon ale

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #29

    leo,. transition was inevitable considering we have new owners. I think every newcastle fan needs accept that we , yet again need to be patient. Difference is this time is that I am happier that our club is in the hands of kevin keegan and not Big Sam.

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  • Faustino

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #30

    KK has a load of work to do before the likes of Gerrard would even give a moments thought to the toon. Pure bleet.

    We need someone to lead by example from the middle of the park the way Gerrard does but it ain’t going to be him.

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  • Chicken

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Feck off Olly Bollox you stoopid tw@t!

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #32

    FA Cup Team Against Arsenal

    Harper
    Carr Taylor Kadar Tozer
    Troisi Lua Lua Nzogbia Duff
    Owen Carroll

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  • broon ale

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33

    James, regarding your team

    Troisi is not gonna make it at this level hence why he never earned himself a loan spell at brada whilst on trial 2 weeks ago. Also you have to wonder why andy carrol couldnt get into a struggling preston squad?

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Broon ale – Troisi is back from loan and training with the first team.

    Keegan needs to pick younger players with an eye on the League game against Arsenal just 3 days later.

    Carroll is not good enough for the PL but neither is Shola. At least Carroll runs unlike Shola.

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Guy’s I’m unsure about you lot, but I’m becoming totally fed up with this Shearer saga…. I think he should just put up or shut up – We’re not stupid, we’re fully aware that he is available to manage elsewhere – Fine let him, the club obviously means that much to him..! – All this sound very much like sour grapes to me, do we really want someone who’s sp petty..!!!

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  • Chicken

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #36

    FA Cup Team Against Arsenal

    Harper
    Carr Taylor Kadar Tozer
    Troisi Lua Lua Nzogbia Duff
    Owen Carroll

    Possibly the stupidest comment I’ve ever seen on here – and that is saying A LOT!

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  • broon ale

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #37

    black and white blood, i agree,

    James, i am aware that troisi is back as i seen him warming up on the touchline in front of my face on saturday, ha ha. However the point i made was if he is good enough to play for newcastle united how come he couldnt earn himself a loan period with the belgium team. ? likewise, andy carrol. couldnt break into the preston side. granted, he does run and i would prefer him to ameobi.

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  • willowtoon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Black & White – I agree – Shearer was alegend as a player but never commited to manage the toon or help out until he realised that things may take off without him. When KK leaves we will be in a position to attract any top coach in the world and he will not be in that bracket and knows it.

    I am also pissed off with the way his mates on MOTD are giving him air time to join the toon revival.

    If KK wants him and he comes then great I’ll back him 100% but I worry that he will unsettle and it will be counter productive.

    I do not think that Ashley wants him back.

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #39

    B&W Blood – Good comment, but wrong topic. 🙂

    Anon – That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. Gerrard is to Liverpool what Shearer is to us. He will never leave, especially not for a mid table team with no european football.

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  • Chicken

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Didn’t Gerrard agree a deal with Chelsea 2 seasons ago? The way things are at Liverpool I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see him go.

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