Newcastle Chairman Appointment Could Be Moved Up

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 don’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 it’s one thing a club as big as Newcastle can do – it’s to have a positive impact on local communities and charities, and that was a focus of Chris Mort’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.

There’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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Mags

    May 23, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1


    Agree utterly with your summing up of Chris Mort’s valuable contribution to our club.

    Also the fact that it would have been far better to hear this news direct from the club instead of through the media.

    I am not so sure what Llambias will bring to the party – if indeed he is the replacement (I would have preferred someone like David Dein) – and more interestingly – will he be based in Newcastle?

    In my view it is essential that there is someone in authority based permanently in Newcastle who KK can speak to if necessary and the sooner this is announced the better.

    We do not need another transfer season interrupted by changes in the management structure, hampering purchase / sales of players.

  • chris_toon

    May 23, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe it will happen sooner rather than later – i hope so – maybe this new chairman can convince ashley 2 put his hands in his pockets and fund 4 players lol 😀

  • Leo

    May 23, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    morty has done a good job restructuring the club but obviously his problems lay in the fact that he is less frivelous than we would have liked in the transfer windows

  • lee caan

    May 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    david dein should be our new chairman. he is good friends with mike ashley.

  • Jimmie

    May 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Thank you Chris and good luck to you in the future!

  • Taiwantoon

    May 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Think it’s still early days to judge the works he has done, but most of it does look good.

    I still have doubts over Wise’s recruitment team (no outcome yet to be judged) and the fact he is taking a huge salary. Remembering it was reported 1.5m or so.

    I was also disappointed when Mort was talking about the transfers we made last summer. We spend very little compare to most clubs in the EPL last summer.

    Nothing against the signing young policy but concerned by the fact that it can restrict KK a great deal. My bottom line is that the club should let KK to go on with the job his way. The recruitment team and the board should stay away from the first team affairs.

    However, despite the lack of ambition shown by the board so far, I must agree with Ed, the club does look in a stable status than it was a year ago. At least, we are not involved in any take over rumours at the moment.

  • Hadrian

    May 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    they dont need to announce it ED .
    we get all our info from a ‘toon insider’ in the london press days before the news heads north .

    lets not all jump to sing the praises of mort to soon either , he’s only been here making sure this was as good an investment for mike ashley,as he led him to belive .

    “cant get you spurs mike , why not buy newcastle , it seems really cheap @ 134 million ”

    “you sure polygon didnt bid over 200m for that club not so long ago ?”

    “they did yeah , but we will just scare the fan’s with words like ‘doing a leeds’ , and pretend we didnt know about the debt thats down on the most recent published account records”

  • Davies

    May 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    I think he’s done a good job, and wouldn’t mind if he stayed on for another season. With the keyword “stability” being bandied around so often, it seems strange that the chairman would go after only one year. I know this was always planned, but I think such an early departure could prove counter productive.

    I hope that this move works out and that the new chairman knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he will, Ashley didn’t get where he is by having the wrong people around him. Fingers crossed.

  • The Entertainers

    May 23, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Remember Llambias was brought in as Deputy at the Chelsea game. So he has been with us for about a month and you can bet he was brought in with the intention to be chairman this summer, due to Mort’s return to his primary job. As for Mort i can only echo the thoughts of many NUFC fans and say that he has brought back a large amount respectability back to the club. I am happy with the way things are shaping up backstage (even with Wise & Jimenez) We just need to see us moving forward on the first team front.

  • clinta

    May 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    I can’t understand every one complaining about the boards lack of transfer action and ambition? How do any of us really know what’s going on at the club, every ones just taking the medias bogus stories and getting all wound up about them

    pointless lads pointless…

    mort you did great for the club, we signed a bunch of great young players for the future, with a view to more which i’m sure will make the club money in the future and last transfer window i feel we did a great bit of business, didn’t spend as much as others but it know seems alot of the player (it was half a squad after all) have been value for money and are a good foundation for the future.

    if i was joey barton, i’d give you a call next time i was in court! well done chris mort

  • Taiwantoon

    May 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    clinta, I agree it was not a bad result considering we’ve a net spending of less than 8M (if i am not wrong).

    I am not asking the club to break the market by a single statement signing, but what have we got after last summer? A small squad that played a part in Big Sam’s departure (of course, his style of play is not what ppl would enjoy watching)and KK has also made his concerns over the size of the squad known.

    I would like to stay opmistic, but I just felt it is necessary to voice my concerns.

  • Newcastle United.

    May 23, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Aye, He done well. Thank you.


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