Now that the cat is out of the bag, and we know that Chris Mort will leave as Newcastle Chairman, said to be in about 5 weeks, Newcastle should probably announce the change sooner, rather than later.
Chris Mort – outgoing Newcastle Chairman
Chris Mort has done a good job at the club, with most of it admittedly behind the scenes, but he has reshaped the club.
We think Chris has done an excellent job, and has already changed the club’s focus with concentration on recruitment from all around the world and a renewed and real focus on youth.
Good people donâ€™t always say much. They are often too busy getting real work done, and we have been particularly impressed the way Mort has guided Newcastle more into local charities, and the local community in general.
If itâ€™s one thing a club as big as Newcastle can do â€“ it’s to have a positive impact on local communities and charities, and that was a focus of Chris Mortâ€™s during these last 10 months.
A club source told the Guardian today that a “low-key, low-profile, seamless, handover to the new chairman” was anticipated midway through the summer. “It was always the scenario that, at some stage, Chris would return to his role at Freshfields in a full-time capacity,” said the source.
But now it is known that Chris will return to his law firm Freshfields, and that Deputy Chairman Derek Llambias will take over, it may be better now to move up the appointment.
Thereâ€™s a danger of a power vacuum at the club, and since the transfer season is underway, the last thing we need is for our transfer business in the summer to be disrupted.
Don’t believe all the bad news about how unstable the club is, Mort was a positive and stabilizing influence when the club need it, and Newcastle is in much better shape now than it was a year ago.
Now we’re ready to move forward again, under a new Chairman, and remember – Mike Ashley is still guiding the ship forward from the top.