Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has come out today and talked about how Kevin Keegan is slowly turning the Newcastle club around.
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort said after the 1-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers yesterday:
“Clearly Kevin wants to turn results around, that’s what he has come in to do.â€“It is disappointing but it will come. Kevin has got the players playing very well and I am sure the results will follow.â€
“He has come to a club that didn’t change its manager in the middle of the season because things were going well. It wasn’t going well and the team were playing poorly.â€
“Results reflected that and Kevin came in knowing it was going to be difficult to turn it round.â€ “That’s what he’s working on and he’s got the team playing in a manner everyone in this part of the world appreciates.”
“There is no doubt or worry. Kevin is enjoying being back in Newcastle.â€ “He is clearly at home in the city and has been made very welcome. Once the football turns round I am sure he will be thoroughly enjoying it.”
“When we interviewed Kevin for the manager’s position we said we wanted a particular structure in place with someone experienced working with the board, particularly on recruitment and developing the Academy,”
“At that time we had narrowed it down to two or three names and we gave those names to Kevin.â€ “He knew the structure and the individuals involved and we wanted to make sure he was comfortable with it.”
“Kevin made the first call to see if he was interested,” “I got involved after Kevin and Chris had talked and Chris expressed a great desire to come and work at Newcastle United.”
Wise has not relocated to the north east since being appointed but Newcastle are happy for him to be living in London since his job is to talent spot players for Newcastle so he will be all over the place in his new job, which he apparently is relishing.
“He splits his time between Newcastle, London and a whole host of other places.â€
“He is traveling Europe looking at players for us. His day job is not to spend time at St James’ Park, it is to go off and watch players for us.â€“I am perfectly comfortable with the way he is operating.”
Chris Mort took up his Chairman position last summer following Mike Ashley’s takeover of the club and nobody can say he hasn’t had a tough season as his first season as Chairman of the club – but this will stand him in good stead for the future as we’ve been very impressed with both Mike Ashley and Chris, even though the gossip press has them selling the club every other week.
“Mike doesn’t get down – he enjoys his Saturday afternoon football and would probably enjoy it more if results were going well.”
Mike Ashley was at the game yesterday and he certainly seemed to be enjoying the game, but looked a little shocked after Blackburn scored – but even then he didn’t seem too bothered.
Certainly the team played exactly as he wants to see the team playing – as they attacked Blackburn from the start.
We have to be fair to Kevin and the lads, because they played their hearts out – even though we were devastated at the result. We really cannot ask for anything more than that – just as long as they do that in each of the last 10 games – we should be just fine. We’ll keep are fingers crossed.
But if we do go down we think Mike will pay the money to keep our current squad together, and we’ll be straight back up next season, and then the season after that we’ll be top 6 – but it would be much easier to stay in the Premier League this season. 😀
And then watch out for the summer transfer window and next season!
Hope springs eternal.