There have been reports saying that Chris Mort may return to Newcastle United as chairman of the club.
Chris Mort – when he first arrived last summer
However, just why Chris would return, when the person he has worked for, Mike Ashley, is about to sell the club, seems strange at best.
We have to remember that Chris is a top class lawyer, and he put that career on hold for almost a year as he did work for Ashley, with a strategic review of the Newcastle club and he was the Chairman until things were put in order.
We thought he did a great job, and the job he did is looking even better now, after Kevin Llambias took over. Llambias has been an utter and complete failure in the job, and brought much discontent to the playing side of the club, not least of all with Kevin Keegan.
Chris Mort answered the rumors that he may come back:
“I’ve seen the reports in the media about me working for Newcastle United again but they aren’t true I’m afraid. I’m heading back to North America later this week which is where I’ve been working over the summer.”
“I haven’t done any work for Newcastle United since I left in June. While the company I work for, Freshfields, may help Mike Ashley with the sale of the club I am not doing so.”
It’s a pity because whether he likes it or not the Newcastle fans like Chris, and if he wanted a job in football it seems he would be welcomed by the Newcastle fans. He has good business judgment and always thought through things from the fans’ perspective, which he regarded as customers of the Tynesdie club.
He also talked often to the fans about what was happening, and those comments were always balanced and thoughtful, and he gave a much needed professional face to the club.
It also seems the story that he was returning to Newcastle this week to help with the sale of the club is not true, unfortunately.
Make no mistake, what we saw of Chris he is a top talent, a top man and will have a fantastic career, wherever he chooses to carry out that work.
He’s one of the bright sparks of the Ashley era, but like all good people, he is also in great demand.