Chris Mort is warning fans not to expect trophy big name signings in the summer.
Chris Mort – no statement signings
Mort says the club will be quite conservative in their approach to transfer targets. The Newcastle Chairman talked to the Independent:
â€œIâ€™d be surprised and disappointed if Kevin wasnâ€™t pushing us to invest,â€ â€œ[But] we have to make sure we donâ€™t do a Leeds, where the club is unable to cope if success doesnâ€™t come. Itâ€™s a balancing act.â€
â€œHistorically, the club has looked to please fans by making a â€˜statement signingâ€™ every now and again.â€ â€œLooking back, Iâ€™m not sure if thatâ€™s the way to develop long-term success. I want to bring players who are going to develop the club over three to five years.â€
â€œKevinâ€™s return has clearly lit a spark â€“ the team were looking down in the mouth. A dramatic transition has started and Kevin and I would like to raise the game. â€œBut weâ€™re not looking to make one-off signings to appease fans.â€
The good thing about the transfer window this season is that the Recruitment trio of executives Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere seem to have done a good job in vetting players. They will be a great help to Chris and Kevin as they decide which players to go after.
We don’t think we need big signings to go to the next stage. But we must aim to finish in the top 6 next season, that must be the goal again next season, even though the team failed miserably in that goal this season.
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