Chris Mort Determined To Turn Newcastle Around


This is the very first season in football for Newcastle’s new Chairman Chris Mort, and t’s been a really tough babtism for our young Chairman, and another very difficult season for the country’s most loyal fans.

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Chairman Chris Mort – it’s been tough – that’s an understatement 🙁

Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort admitted that his first year as Chairman at the famous Tyneside club, has been much tougher than either he or Mike Ashley expected.

Chris Mort said yesterday:

“It’s been a tough run for all of us. The players are the only guys who can turn it round but everybody at the club is working as hard as they can to achieve that.”

“This certainly isn’t what we bought into last summer. But myself and Mike (Ashley) are determined to turn this around and we have Kevin (Keegan) in to do that.”

Make no mistake, Mike Ashley and Chris Mort are both tough businessmen, otherwise they wouldn’t be as successful as they are. We have full confidence in them and while the performance of the first team has been hopeless this season, we have started out youth strategy, and it already looks like it will pay dividends.

Also the recruitment team of Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere and Tony Jimenez was another great move by Chris. They are already lining up several targets for the summer, and that will all go ahead, quicker than ever, once we have guaranteed our place in the Premier league for next season. The easy 2-0 defeat of Bolton by Manchester United, helped that goal last night. 😀

A really good outcome this season would be for us to start winning games again, starting with Fulham on Saturday, and then maybe get 3-4 wins out of our remaining 7 games after that. That will give us some good momentum going into the summer transfer season, and stand us in good stead next season.

Since January it’s really been preparation for next season. But if we can survive the season, the Chairman, Owner and Manager will have come though some extremely tough and challenging times. They will all be that much better and tougher, for going through the experience – and surviving.

Chris and Mike are certain to open the purse strings in the summer to bring in 5-6 top players, and then some more tip-top youngsters.

Nobody associated with the club wants another season like this one, but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
That light will get bigger with a good win against Fulham on Saturday.

Comments always welcome.


58 comments so far

  • RAHUL

    Mar 20, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #41

    michael agree wit u to a certain extent but atleast give keegan a fair crack at the whip

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #42

    @RAHUL. You cannot bake 1/3 of a cake then I bake the 2/3 and Craigg the 3/3 and expect the cake to tase the same throughout. There need to be congruence. I could pick players that undermine the strategy or negate it. Imagine the coach decides we must play a long ball game, a very basic tactic. That would mean we need a big holding player upfront. Then Keegan goeas and delects Martins and Owen???? They are not complimentary at all.

    Keegan picks the players and is supposed to pick tactics if any. the thing is his tactics are not designed to exploit any possible weaknesses of the opposition or to mask a weakness we may have.

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #43

    I back him with all I have , and I would rather I eat my words so long as the team thrive. So long as Newcastle united do good If I am proved wrong in the future, my offended self esteem would be but a small sacrifice for our teams prosperity.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #44

    We beat holland 4-1 in Euro 96
    We beat spain in Euro 96
    We beat italy in le tournoi 2-0 in 98

    Under Terry Venables and Glen Hoddle both similar to KK sides play good football, good motivators, positive personalities and less good at tactics.

    Michael Someone noticed that beye was playing as a right wing back when we had the ball, and when birmingham had the ball he switched with taylor and went to CB is that not an example of tactics as taylors performance was improved and beye was excellent.

    You dont do what KK has with no tactical ability.

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  • Leo

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #45

    michael re: my comment about not loosing patience with keegan, isnt it a good thing that more people are likely to stick by keegan it means that he will be able to try things without being ridiculed, well except some people who are always going to whing… remind you of anyone…

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  • Leo

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #46

    also michael, who said we are guarenteed or even deserve to win a trophy, i would be happy if we were able to get higher up the table gradually.

    if we dont win anything under keegan but get 5 6 or 7th place a couple seasons running i bet you look at him and say, oh what a failure.

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #47

    While falshes in the pan are uncommon they do happen.

    That sounds like a tactic but at the same time it also sounds like he was lost. Who can say for sure.

    If it was a tactic, then you confirm my point. It was a tactic that did not work or rather effectively. We still conceeded a goal and were poor in the second half.

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #48

    Sorry first half I meant to say.

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #49

    The scale of Newcastle united is conducive for success. We have the finances, fans, infrastructure to build upon for a push for the title. Have you ever heared of clubs like Fulham talk about pushing for the title? Likely never. So indeed, if Newcastle reamin in 7th 8th or 6th position you would be disapointed.

    You forget when Robson was around there was talk of a title push ans was sacked because he finished fifth the prior season.

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  • Leo

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #50

    it was me who noted the tactic about beye and taylor revolving positions. and they only did it in the second half.

    michael… with this comment about it you just show how you can not look at both sides

    While falshes in the pan are uncommon they do happen.

    That sounds like a tactic but at the same time it also sounds like he was lost. Who can say for sure.

    If it was a tactic, then you confirm my point. It was a tactic that did not work or rather effectively. We still conceeded a goal and were poor in the second half.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #51

    Michael KK maybe was a tool at first because we needed someone who could keep the gloom away with an awful set of fixtures approaching Man Utd, Arsenal away (Twice), Aston Villa away and Liverpool away, Weve come out the other side and every one except you are still upbeat because that is what KK does to toon fans he gives us hope and makes us dare to dream.

    Listen to his interviews his passion, honesty and love for the club, fans and area.

    He is on the same wave length as us fans, He says it a lot “We understand each other” He is right he knows what we want

    Flair players: Asprilla, Lee, Ginola, Albert and Gillespie.

    Fighters: Ferdinand, Batty, Barton, Beresford and Bracewell.

    North East Lads: Shearer, Beardsley, Clark, Harper, Kitson, Watson, Howey, Thompson, Elliott and Venison.

    Didnt you notice Souness trying to win the fans over by signing Clark and Solano, Playing Ramage, Elliott, Chopra, Ameobi and Taylor only KK does it right.

    No one including Sir Bobby as much as we love him can have the impact, KK is a god and the sooner you accept that your vendetta is a losing battle the better.

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #52

    I look at all sides of the coin including the edge Leo. I merely pointed out the negative, the positive was so obvious there was nor need for me to mention. We know the positive was we cam back to draw 1 – 1. I even commended Keegan on the night on which the game was played. Saying he got it right considering the circumstance.

    Keegan even said it himself, “we could have won it” and should have.

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  • RAHUL

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #53

    listen michael all i am saying is lets give him the time, dont get me wrong keegan wasnt my first choice, i would have rather had a experienced european manager but now that he is the manager of NUFC lets back him .
    i too am sceptical but its not an impossible task he might just get it right atleast he can stabilize the club before we bring someone in
    no doubt it was an emotional choice tha task is improbable but not impossible

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  • Spyro

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #54

    i feel the same way about the situation as rahul, not my choice but he is here so i will back him now

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #55

    @ Craigg. “He is on the same wave length as us fans, He says it a lot “We understand each other” He is right he knows what we want”

    My very very point Craigg. Rebbeca Baratton wrote an article called Democracy: the voice of God or the madness of the Mob. To summerise her paper she blamed democracy for “for producing egalitarianism, mediocrity”

    Egalitarianism means (the belief of equality of all people). Mort did waht the masses wanted Sacked Sam and again went further by bringing in Keegan. Is the result then not Mediocrity?

    The Masses do not know what is good for them. You wrote “He is on the same wave length as us fans, He says it a lot “We understand each other” He is right he knows what we want” if so then he acts on what the fans want?

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  • RAHUL

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #56

    i agree michael that the masses need someone to guide them in this case the chairman and owner but why be negative now lets give him money and atleast a season and then judge where we stand.
    if we are so pessimistic right from the beginning then the outcome is bound to be a failure

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  • Michael

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #57

    I cannot convice you. Anyway let us turn our attention to the game on Saturday.

    Howay the lads

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #58

    Michael what the hell does that prove that he is the peoples choice

    Then Mort and Ashley have given the people what we want and mediocrity is what we have had since keegan first left.

    Dont give me crap about Foreign coaches,
    I was there most weeks as ardiles tried to ruin my football club and the Gullit tried to emulate him 7 years later.

    It is a total myth about foreign managers being better, the opportunities are better and more frequant and the players at their disposal are better and the transfer budgets are bigger but the most impressive manager this season by a mile has been Redknapp with pompey on the verge of a top 6 finish and an FA Cup final could Perrin who is on the verge of a bought french title with the head and shoulders above anything else in france Lyon side emulate this at portsmouth??

    history says not.

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