Chris Mort – Kevin At Home In Newcastle

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.”“It is disappointing but it will come. Kevin has got the players playing very well and I am sure the results will follow.”

“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.”

“Results reflected that and Kevin came in knowing it was going to be difficult to turn it round.” “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.” “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.” “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.

Mort added:

“He splits his time between Newcastle, London and a whole host of other places.”

“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.”“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.

Chis added:

“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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think we’ll go down (although it’ll be close) but I’d like to know if anyone knows who has a relegation clause in their contract? Not just rumour mind you but definite fact.

    I would imagine the ‘name’ players will have but this info (being a contract) isn’t easy to find.


  • valle

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    If we go down, there will be players leaving for sure. But i would expect that there would be some suprises as to who would stick with us and help us back up… For instance i could see Milner leaving but Owen staying as the big suprise.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3


    If we play anywhere near what we did yesterday we will pick up 14points out of our remaining games:-

    Fulham (h) 3 points
    Reading (h) 3 points
    Scumderland (h) 3 points
    Chelsea (h) 1 point
    Birmingham (a) 3 points
    West Ham (a) 1 point

    14points=42 points=Safe=KK still king=FA cup winners 08-09

    Valle why do you have such a downer on Milner?

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I would argue that if we had gone down under Sam the number of players leaving would be high but I would like to hope (well, firstly that we won’t go down) that the players are responding to KK’s methods.

    The football under KK is much better than under FSA and that can only be good for Milner and the rest. Yeah? I think he can motivate the players (even Butt had a half-decent game FFS!) into wanting to play for him and more importantly NUFC.

    I would expect the ‘bigger’ internationals to want to leave to be honest, maybe even have to to keep their places. (How many internationals in the Championship?) And that includes Owen.

  • Micky Toon

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    How come there are still people defending Keegan on here? Anyone else in charge and it would be chopsville for them. I just can’t see what Keegan has done to deserve such blind loyalty.

    I said when he was appointed that Keegan would take us down and look what’s happening.

    Seriously get some sense fellas and see that Keegan is not the one to take us forward.
    Mort knows nothing about football, and taking his words to heart just shows how little you must know about football if you still believe in him and his manager.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Mar 2, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Looks like Micheal has changed his name to Micky Toon in the hope of winding us up again

  • hanzemre

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    hehe wind of change? am loving it just love it as no blind just realistic that KK is turning the team from bad to good which is hard to do so at mid season.They did played well yesterday so with many more like that mainly against Reading,Fulham,Sunderland,Birmingham etc. more likely than not,we’ll be just fine.


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