The official Newcastle United web site is reporting today that Newcastle will have a new executive team in place for next season.
Outgoing Chairman Chris Mort with new Managing Director Derek Llambias
Newcastle United will have a new-look executive management team in place next season following confirmation today that Chris Mort has now stepped down from his role as Chairman of the club.
Deputy Chairman Derek Llambias now has the new title and job of Managing Director, and will lead the boardroom structure at St. James’ Park. He will be supported by David Williamson, Executive Director of Operations, and Dennis Wise, Executive Director of Football.
Mr Llambias said today:
“Since coming to work at Newcastle United I have quickly begun to appreciate the passion people have for the Football Club.”
“I firmly believe we have the right people with the right expertise, with Kevin Keegan back as manager and being fully supported by Mike Ashley and the directors, to take the Club forward again.”
“At the same time, I’d like to pay tribute to all of the hard work done by Chris during his time at St. James’ Park and wish him every success for the future.”
Chris Mort was appointed Chairman of Newcastle United in the summer of 2007, following Mike Ashley’s purchase of the Club, and we think did an admirable job for the club, and we thank him for his creative contributions to the club.
Chris carried out a complete strategic review of Newcastle, and helped bring in a number of new executive personnel into top positions.
One thing that was sorely missing at the club was the relationship with the fans, and Chris significantly enhanced those relationships with supporters, and helped create the Newcastle United Foundation, which will further strengthen the Club’s presence in the local community.
Chris also was instrumental in getting Newcastle to concentrate on hiring the best young players from throughout the world, and we also brought in 5 top youngsters last January, to augment the ones we already had at the club.
Chris Mort will be now returning to his work as a partner at London law firm Freshfields, and said today:
“I’ve enjoyed my time immensely as Chairman of Newcastle United but with high quality individuals recruited for each of the key management roles at the club.”
“The club is heading in the right direction following the strategic review, and the time feels right for me to return to Freshfields.”
“From the moment I arrived in the north east, I received the warmest of welcomes and I must thank the people of Newcastle for that.”
“I’ve experienced the unique atmosphere generated at St. James’ Park on matchdays, and also by the Newcastle United supporters on our travels away.”
“I look forward to supporting the team next season and will continue to get to as many matches as I can.”
This seems a good move by the club, but we wonder who now is the Newcastle Chairman?
And maybe, just maybe – the man himself, Mike Ashley, will become official Chairman of the club, with Derek doing the vast amount of the work, but Mike involved in the big decisions.
We think that would be a good move, and certainly would please Kevin Keegan, who has asked Mike to take a more hands-on approach at the club.