Chris Mort Down To Earth On Summer Transfers

Kevin Keegan, this week claimed the Newcastle club had no chance of finishing any higher than fifth during the remaining three years of his contract.


Chris Mort – thinks – wonder if we can get Joaquin?

Chris Mort has in some way responded to Kevin’s comments today, as he talked about the transfer kitty, and the fact the club has already started to try to recruit players to Tyneside.

Chris said today:

“We don’t want to do a Leeds,” “It doesn’t make sense. This club had £100M-worth of debt which has now been cleared and it would be foolish to stretch it beyond its limits.”

“I thought Kevin’s comments were quite sensible. I’m not sure what people’s expectations are but I don’t think most Newcastle fans would be greatly surprised by what he had to say.”

“There are those who are naturally optimistic but it does no harm to come out with some realism and say that if we get fifth, we will have done well. He’s right.”

“We have started talking about who we will be bringing in and Kevin will have the final say.”

We have to admit to being a little concerned at some of Kevin’s comments recently, since he seemed so frustrated and even annoyed with some of the things he was saying immediately after the Chelsea defeat.

We sure do hope he doesn’t do something stupid, and we really hope he sits down with Chris Mort for a good discussion, and get whatever is bugging him off his chest – quickly.

But we also know that being a Premiership manager these days is a pressure filled job, so if Kevin was just blowing off a bit of steam, that’s fine with us.

We know we cannot attract world class players – so what’s new?

We’ll have a much better chance of attracting even better players next summer, if we can even finish in the top 6 – but in these last two seasons we’ve finished in the bottom half of the table. Those are the facts.

First things first – let’s get back into Europe and a top 6 finish next season would be just fabulous.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Tehab

    May 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Is anyone else as annoyed as me about the level of sh*t stirring the press seem to be giving this story. I read a piece on the Sun’s website with the headline “Chairman hits back at Keegan”, then the only quotes to back this sensational claim are those above and a few others saying pretty much the same thing.

    Yeah Keegan says he doesn’t speak to the owner, but who cares? Its the chairman of the club he needs to speak to about the club and transfers surely, else why did Ashley appoint him? The London gutter press should go back to spouting crap about those clubs they actually know bugger all about.

    “And for Toon fans it was crushingly disappointing to hear such realism from The Messiah — a man they still believe can deliver the Premier League title.” Like f*ck we do.

  • Nev

    May 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    top 10 would do me lovely
    with the likes of everton, villa , spurs and pompey playing european football and therefore more revenue for transfers i cant see us competing realistically
    inter-toto would be great!

  • HeronMag

    May 7, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m glad to hear Mort refer to the disaster at Leeds. They had everything going for them (Woodgate, Ferdinand, Kewell, Viduka, Keane) and they still collapsed.

    Newcastle United isn’t immune from this sort of problem. If it takes years to get back up amongst the top 4 I don’t care. As long as we get there. We have the management (and hopefully now the board) with a clear idea of how they want to do it. Careful financial management, investment in top class players and a committed youth policy will pay guaranteed dividends in the years to come.

    We have to be patient, but I’m sure that this summer will see the arrival of at least 3-4 players that will improve the squad immediately.

  • Bill F

    May 7, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Just hope we do not get a repeat of last Summer where we had shedloads of speculation and rumours and the few new players we got were last minute. The recruitment squad (R-squad) need to get new players in place as soon as possible to give KK a chance to work with them and to shut us up.

  • Leo

    May 7, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    i think heronmag and tehab covered everything that needs to be said, the press will always try to make us look foolish, going into the pubs after a match where people are drunk and asking everyone in a bar what they expect there is always going to be one over optimist who thinks we can win everything, which is the one they show on tele or report about.

    sickens me

  • Graeme

    May 7, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Keegan is naturaly frustrated.

    He is a highly competative individual and no matter what he says, in his heart, he wants to beat Chelski & Manure; play in the Champions League and do well.

    He probably wants the board to get off its arse and recruit the players at the top of his list and he wants it to happen TODAY not next week. He wants an Eto’o and a Pele and a Rohnaldo and he wants it now.

    Unfortunately, he also knows its not going to happen that way. He has to rely on other people putting in the effort he wants to put in.

    Yes, I can understand his frustration, but he WILL get there in the end. Have faith chaps.

  • Gooderz

    May 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    The common story by the press is that Wise and Jimenez are going against Keegan. KK wants 3-4 players with experience, preferably in the Premiership, and Wise and Jimenez want to get young players who will develop and would be worth a lot more in a few years time.

    What some people can’t see is that with 7 players looking set to leave the club, each faction could have 4 players each. That immediately puts us one player up with Carroll, Edgar and LuaLua being players we could put on the bench with the extra places available.

  • GM

    May 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    As usual no foundation to anything in the press they are still pi55ed that they didnt see KK returning to the club.

    I wonder how many chats avram grant has with abramavich or fergie has with glazier, or benitez has with hicks et al, sven with that thai bloke… probably the same amount as KK and MA not a lot.

    The day to day rests with Mort he is the chairman and he will have the budget set out based on the clubs finances plus whatever MA fancies throwing in the pot, with no debt this year (for the first time in many years) plus renewed season ticket sales due to KK and some optimism around the place that we might be watching good football next season not winning the league, just watching decent football (I would be happy with 7th or 8th as long as each week I get to see the team I have supported for over 25 years play good attcking football) will go a long way to provide a decent transfer fund alone. so its irrelevant whether KK speaks to MA or not, like I said at the start southern press and outsiders wanting to stir shite about the club as they do not like us.

  • valle

    May 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree with Bill F… However i think it makes sense that we wont use 100-200 million, and i agree with Mort in that way… What i DONT agree with is that he then says we spent 30 million last year on players, when the fact is we spent 26 million, of which we got 16 back by selling players, leaving us with a net spend of 10 million… It makes me red glowing mad when they try to bend the truths and take us for morons like FF used to, and Keegan wont take that either… My feeling is that a net spend of 50 million is needed to give us a chance of 5th, taking into account that we have already lost 3 players and more are bound to follow (Roz, Ameobi, Zog and so on) leaving us with a VERY small squad. Sales will properly raise 12-15 million depending on what Zog is worth which should give us a spending value of 62-65 million… But to be honest, i dont think we will get anywhere near that amount, and therefor 5th will properly be beyound us too, especially if we get hit by injuries… Im guessing a spending value with the money we raise and funds released to be somewhere between 30-40 million taking into account we where paying 18 million for Modric.

  • Neilos

    May 7, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Why arm’t we showing the passion of signing top class players like Tottenham are.

  • Faustino

    May 7, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Er Nelios we offered Modric much more money than Spurs and were willing to pay 2 mil more for him….it isn’t passion that’s the problem.

    People have to realise that the reason Chelsea can buy the league is that they are in one of the THE most desirable areas to live in the world and have an owner who is obscenely rich and who’s income won’t let up for decades.

    Money won’t make us great.

  • valle

    May 7, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Faustino… I dont agree, if Abramovich had taken over Newcastle instead (Remember we had just finished 5th with Robson then) and had fetched us Mourinho like he did, then it would be us, not them who where at the top… London can only take you so far you know, the rest is Europe and indeed MONEY…. After all, the weather isnt much better in the North West.

  • valle

    May 7, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    To furhter proof my point in regards to players… Viana was the Modric of that time, he was Europes young player of the year and clubs such as Juve and Barca where after him, while Houlier rang Robson and told him he would have wanted Viana.. Yet he chose Newcastlle… Why?… Money and Europe…. We will get there again tho.

  • valle

    May 7, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Btw, lets hope Modric turns out to be for Spurs what Viana was for us…

  • SAS

    May 7, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d like to hear talk of challenging for champions league.

  • Faustino

    May 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree Valle that we used to attract players….but I’m talking about taking an average team from mid-table and barely in Europe to the Champions league finals and the top of the Premier League in a short space of time. That’s what Abramovich did do and what Ashley won’t do by spending ridiculous cash.

    And to further my point Abramovich DID buy Chelsea because it IS in possibly the most valuable/desirable area in the world not because it was a successful club that was challenging for anything or had great fans, cos they weren’t and they STILL, for all their sucess, don’t. So I’m not wrong.

    But yes let’s hope Modric is as useless as Viana.

  • iain

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17

    the problem with chelsea and roman is that the second anyone gets close to them he will just double the amount of money he puts into chelsea.

    we have one player being paid over 100kpw with a 52000 seater stadium that is always full for league games.

    they have i reckon 5 players on over 100kpw with a 4000 odd seater stadium that they don’t fill every week.

    our problem at the minute is we have players like emre/smith/duff/shola at best squad players taking up wages that clubs like everton struggle to pay there top star players. theres no balance in our squad as the 2nd half chelsea showed we dont have the layers to compete playing 442 nor does our 433 formation work the second we reduce the quality in the starting 11 as edgar and smith have shown over the last two games.

    and worse those squad players on big wages offer us next to nothing on the pitch. how many goals and assist have emre/duff/smith got us i bet artetas got enough on his own for everton to beat all three and he cost everton a 3rd of the wages those 3 do and cost less then 5m to buy.

    imo we should sell emre/carr/shola/duff/rozehnal and replace them with young players and only use half the wages they were getting to pay the young players then use the xtra wages to get owen signed up and possibly pay for 1 or 2 quality players.


    duff 60kpw 4m – boussfa 4m 30kpw

    emre 60kpw 4m – sidwell 4m 50kpw

    shola – 4m – derdiyok 4m sholas wages.

    rozehnal 3m – dunne 5m r ozehanl wages plus what weve saved on releasing carr/ramage, i think thats around 50kpw.

    that would improve us massivly and probably already have saved us around 30 grand pw on wages and a net spend of -2m on transfer fees.

    not to mention i havnt even factored in selling smith there who if we sold would be another 60kpw of the wages and a couple of million in the bank.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 7, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #18

    The weather in the NW is much worse Valle, it pisses down ALL the time mate…We get plenty more sun in the NE!..
    …Agree with everything else tho’!..

  • Newcastle United.

    May 8, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #19

    We we’re the last team in the champions league other than the top 4. No reason why we can’t again. It’s all money these days. If Keegan is aloud to spend then Aye. Top four is NOT out of our reach. All the top fours apart from maybe Man United have some what unsecureness about them. Chelsea with Abramovich and they’re debts. Arsenal seem to be going down and down for me. You’ve got Flamini leaving and probably Hleb which gives off signs that not all is well in Arsenal. Wenger doesn’t like to spend too much money. If he doesnt this summer i can see them falling out of the top four.

    Liverpool- Still playing okay despite the boardroom antics. But is that going to last for much longer?

    I can see Arsenal dropping out more than the others, But Newcastle will need to spend big to get in there.

    Howay Mike, Show us yer money!

  • Ausgeordie

    May 8, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #20

    We need to have agood finish next year. Top 6 or 7. If we do that we will attract better players. I

    If your as good a player as the players we say we want…..would you go to Newcastle considering their current situation? The only ones well get right now are mercenaries and they wont take us up the ladder.

  • Eamonn

    May 8, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Lads I just don’t get this about London bieng the most desirable place etc etc. I lived in Peckham working the sites back in the mid 80’s and it’s a total cesspool as far as I’m concerned. Give me the north east any day, Newcastle has fantastic character as a city, best in the UK by a long haul and though you can’t generalise too much the people I’ve met on my many visits have been fantastic. I love the Geordies , their wonderfull city and above all Newcastle United FC. Only problem is I ain’t Ronaldinho!! 🙂


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