Mort Denies Keegan To Be Moved Upstairs

As we had expected, Newcastle United Chairman has responded to the news that Kevin Keegan has two games to produce results or he will be moved upstairs.


Chris Mort – denies Keegan has 2 games to turn Newcastle around

That piece of news originated in the Daily Mail and you can work out how they made up the story.

Our next two games are against teams beneath us in the league so assume we lose both of those games or pick up say a single point. What then?

And they quickly get to removing Kevin.

But that would be disastrous for the club and one management change in a season is enough, and as it is turning out – too much. But Chris also denied many times that Big Sam’s job was at risk, but that didn’t stop the club from firing Sam in January. In retrospect that now looks unfair to the big man.

But if results don’t improve Chris and Mike will have to decide if the disaster scenario happens, and we are indeed relegated to the Championship, will they retain Kevin Keegan as manager. That’s the big question looming if we keep losing games.

We hope the answer is yes because we think Keegan will have a massive clear-out in the summer and put a team together that will get us straight back up. Before the season is out we’ll again have 50,000 home gates.

He’s done that a few times in his career. Newcastle the first time when having saved us from relegation to the old Division 3, we were promoted the next season. And to prove that was no fluke he did the same thing with Manchester City. He was also on his way to moving Fulham up the leagues when he took the England job in 1999.

We hope we don’t go down, but if we do and keep Kevin, things will not be as bad as they look, but the money Newcastle will lose will be huge. There’s no doubt at all about that, and of course the Newcastle fans will have been let down yet again.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Mar 15, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Hom many times do chairmen publically back their underfire managers just to give them the boot a couple of days later……..

    usually shouts of “sack the board” does the trick…….

  • Graham

    Mar 15, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Load of bollocks dreamt up by cockney newshounds with nothing better to do and re-printed in the mackem echo rag!

    The best way to stop the southern press slagging us of is to start winning games and progress over the next couple of years. Until then weve just gotta get on with it

  • Griff

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3

    if results go against us this weekend we will be in the relegation zone.

    we better do it against Bham. Now is the time.

    I hope im sitting here on Monday night with a massive smile as we caned them 4-0…. 🙂

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    i reckon 3-0….

    see this is what newcastle united is all about, the fans still believe these players are capable of getting a great result of 4-0 3-0 after the performances of late… its great to be over optimistic…

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    oh and i would be highly angrered if mort were to now go and sack (or take upstairs- what does that mean haha) keegan. we need sustained growth as a football club, on the field and off the field. and keegan is the future.

  • Stocksy

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Amazing really, we went through a run of games under Fat Sam that saw us middle table so we go and sack the manager at probably the worst time of the season. Now we are on our worst run in history and a paper “creates” a story about Keegan moving upstairs…..must have taken them months to work that one out.
    So what is my point?…..well I reckon they will sack Keegan if we lose our next two games although I must admit I dont think it will make any difference to the relegation we will suffer in May!
    Who do I blame…..the fickle fans who were shouting for Fat Sam to be sacked….thanks a lot…..and I know you wont be there next season when we are playing Derby at home!

  • ToonJon

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    if keegan was to get sacked WHO WOULD WE BRING IN?

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    i didnt want sam, nore did i want him to be sacked when he did, but was initially relieved whenhe was sacked, with the hope that someone could come in and give us attacking football. probably foolish thinking that, with the team we had, not set out to be able to attack.

    no matter if we get relegated i will be there home to derby in the league next season, no questions asked.

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    everyone on hear and at the terraces have to stick together, against all those who want us to fail. support our team. and from now on never call for our managers head. because its merely giving the journo’s more fuel for the fire…..

  • Dragoner

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    “United parted company with chief scout Steve Walsh last night, and I understand the club are set to bring in a foreign scout to fill the vacancy to ensure they don’t miss out on any European talent.” THE CHRONICLE

    YESSS! finally some good news. bring on the foreigners

  • toonhitman

    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #11

    so people on here are saying if we get nowt from the next 2 games keegan should stay,wake up people ashley is a buisness man hes just payed a lot of money for this club. he would not hesitate in givin keegan the boot.

  • daiv

    Mar 15, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Who can believe anything Mort says???? He backed sam publicly and sacked him a couple of days later.
    lets hope we don’t go down because some of the people on this blog rallying us all to stick together will disappear next season when the spectators fall from 50k to30k

  • Joe

    Mar 15, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I hate smarmy bastards with the ‘i told you so’ attitude but i was so angry that Big Sam got sacked coz that is what is wrong with the club i love…knee jerk reactions! He hadn’t done much wrong and those fans that called for the sacking, i hope they’re really chuffed coz they’re the reason – not Sam, not KK, not Mort, not Ashley, not Smith, Butt, Barton, Rozenhal – that Newcastle are very likely to get relegated this season. Boo Boys United, thanks for ruining my club…rant over.

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14


    so we should just not stick together support our team? where do you get the impression that these people will not be there next season if we are relegated. ur an arse

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Leo, have to agree again with what you have to say.
    Daiv I’d have thought from his posts was a spotty teenager however apparantly in his 50’s so all I can think is the onset of senile dementia has set in early!

  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #16

    the first day we bring KK and saying he wil bring attacking football for us, for total of 8match, we get 2 draw and 6 lose. we only manage get 4 goal score and get 20 goal against. How KK can bring attacking football? i think we get attacking by other team that is real. SAD!!!

  • Michael

    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Agreed. Chris Mort has shown why anything that spews from his mouth should be taken lightly, or should it?

    Mort did the same with Sam by praising Sam and calling him the “Partner of my labours” much like Tiberius did with Sejanus only to turn on him.

    Perhaps this backing, the second since Keegan took over is a sign. The dreaded vote of confidence.

    Keegan is on notice. If they do indeed put him upstairs, it would be political just as his appointment is. The know the fans would chant seditiously, and could affect profitability.

    This is by all means poor management, It now seems as though the appointment of Keegan has backfired spectacularly and now sacking him will cause rebellion so bad, the scenes of euphoria at Keegan’s appointment will be but a distant memory.

    Keegan is a hot potato, you will get much like Shearer and are bad for the club. A potato so hot you will be burnt holding it and seared by criticism droping it, what do you do?

  • MichaelA

    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Joe, I’m the reason we are in this situation? In the last 14 games under allardyce we won 2(B’ham and fulham – both with lucky injury time goals), had 3 draws against Arsenal, DERBY and Stoke, and convincingly lost the rest.

    His gameplan resembling that of a foosball team was what started the rot. Not me fuming in the pub after the match.


    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Michael i agree

    Shearer was an awful signing for the Club what a hot potato he definately should have been dropped

    206 goals

    2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th In the League

    2x FA Cup finals

    3x Champions league Qualification

    4x Other European Competition Qualification

    God i wish we had signed Chris Armstrong instead.

  • Andreas

    Mar 15, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye MichaelA, deluded ppl like Joe can’t grasp that we wouldn’t have taken any more points with SA at the helm. Granted, my hopes were quite high when SA was sacked, but it’s really the draws against Bolton/Smoggies and the loss against Blackburn that are huge dissapointments – and I dare say we wouldn’t have won them with SA either. Ok, the commitment and selections have also been bad for most games and I didn’t like the timing of the SA sack, BUT, I do prefer KK as our manager (although Guus Hiddink after the EC would have been my dream SA replacement).

    Now, let’s just hope we stay up. The SA vs KK debate won’t help that cause.

  • JJ

    Mar 15, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree Daiv ur an arse,
    You are the kind of supporter the club could do without.
    If you cant get behind the team and the manager who is already getting abused by some for trying to make an attacking team out of Sams dimwits then you should just piss off to manchester.

  • JJ

    Mar 15, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Who says Sam A wouldnt have had us safe mid table. He could only manage to get 1 point against Derby county and we lost 4-0 to Portsmouth at home!!!!! The rot started with him and the same players are then. Give KK a break.

  • Michael

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Craigg as always you have mis understood my narrative. I meant Shearer is bad for the club because he was so sucessful. When someone is deified so much as is Shearer, his mere influence becomes too great that a club can not move on.

    If you look at top clubs they move on from the great players that have graced them with their presence. Newcastle have not sinc Shearer moved on.

    If Shearer so much as suggested he wanted a role in Management at Newcastle, the presure from the fans will apply to the board will force their hand. Look at Keegan, he was by no means anyones first choice but when the fans told MA what they wanted he had to act.

    Consider, no one dreamt Keegan was in the running when Sam got sacked. Had you gone to William Hill and placed money on Keegan you would be smiling all the way to the bank.

    The fans become a muscle that a deified player like Shearer can use to his advantage. If Shearer was appointed manager and performed a bit of a southgate, every season a relegation fight it would be hard for Newcastle to sack him due to the fear of backlash from the fans. Even Keegan they could not Sack him hence the reason why they are talking or speculating one of those undefined positions in the club just for amicability sake.

    Good on the field Shearer was no doubt but his influence even now is a dangerous tool for Newcastle. Fans are dreaming of a partnership between Shearer and Keegan, when you know it is just not practical. It is too fairy tale and people like fairy tales but we know the world is not a tale.

  • Joe

    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Michael, I don’t really think football is something that can be ‘grasped’, it’s an awesome and unpredictable sport which is probably why we all love it. What I can grasp though is that 25pts after twenty odd games isn’t too bad for a manager that had never really been accepted. Certainly not in a first season. Some results were awful (Derby etc) but that happens. Nevermind. I’m sure most fans prefer where we are now as a football club rather than under Big Sam. At least now we’re playing attacking football eh?


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