Chris Mort has given a very interesting interview to Sky Sports News this afternoon.
Chairman Chris Mort with Manager Kevin Keegan
Chris gave a good interview to Sky Sports today, and the first question he was asked was if he expected Michael Owen to stay put at the club, and the Newcastle chairman told Sky Sports News:
“I would hope so.â€ “I think all the players are enjoying playing under Kevin, you can see that in the way they play, and I would imagine Michael’s in that camp as well, he seems to be enjoying his game.â€
“He’s got his contract this year and next year but it obviously makes sense to sit down with Michael and secure him for the long-term if we can.â€
“The first things we do is, again not talking about any players in particular, sit down with the manager and decide what the manager wants to do because he is the one who has to make the end decision on these things, but I know that Kevin is very fond of Michael so I would hope we can sit down and do something.”
Chris said that Newcastle would be looking to bring in players to the club over the summer to improve the Newcastle squad:
“We are no different to any other big club in the Premier League, we’ll sit down with the manager at the end of the season,”
“He will guide us on which players he would like to bring in, move on and we have deliberately gone out of our way to set up an infrastructure, we have had people looking at players throughout Europe over recent months and there will certainly be players in.â€
“As Kevin has said, I think we have got a good quality set of players already but we will look to add to that in the summer.”
Mort added that sufficient funds would be available to Keegan if he wanted to overhaul the squad and bring in several new players:
“We will sit down with Kevin, we are not going to do anything that isn’t sensible for the long-term future of Newcastle United,”
“We are a big club and we have funds available, we have got a great supporter base so we will help Kevin in the summer but we are not going to do anything silly with the funds available to us.””We will sit down with the manager and have a chat with him about who he wants to bring in.â€
“As I’ve said, everything we’ve done with the club we’ve looked to take a medium/long-term view so we are going to look for bringing in players who are going to be at Newcastle for a long time, so that is something we will look to do in the summer.”
It’s really good to hear a balanced view of things from the Newcastle Chairman, who we’ve been very impressed with ever since he took over the job last August.
It’s good to have a real business man in charge of the club, and Chris is quickly learning what it takes to be a really good Chairman for Newcastle United. It’s quite obvious that Kevin will get a lot of support from Mort in the summer transfer window, in order to improve the Newcastle squad.
Michael Owen – deserves long term contract at Newcastle
As far as Michael Owen is concerned, we’re sure Michael will be signing a long term deal in the summer, to keep him at Newcastle for many years to come. Michael has proved his worth and dedication to Newcastle, both as a player and a captain, and as far as we are concerned, now is the time for him to commit himself to the club for the rest of his career.
We think that’s exactly what Michael wants to do and think that will be a good move for both the player and the club – a win-win situation.
What do you think about this?
Comments very welcome.