Reports That Chris Mort Could Be Returning To Newcastle

The Journal is reporting today that former Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort is prepared to return to St James’ Park if Mike Ashley is willing to take the Newcastle club off the market.


Chris Mort – can he be enticed back to Newcastle?

The Journal says that the 42-year-old is willing to come back to Newcastle and run the club on a daily basis, like he did so successfully for 10 months to get the club going under then new owner Mike Ashley.

And his value to Newcastle was duly demonstrated after he left, when things just seem to fall apart, especially any relationship the Board had with Kevin Keegan.

We don’t think Kevin would ever have left the club is Chris had still been Chairman.

There is some evidence that Chris became enmeshed in the passion that is Newcastle United when he was Chairman, and rather surprisingly has indicated to Mike that he would be willing to help repair the damage that has been done with Kevin Keegan being removed, and the fans subsequent revolt against the owner, which had Ashley trying to sell the club.

Mort has been working in America, but it is believed if he was asked he would take on the significant challenge of repairing the relationship with fans, that was badly damaged in the way Keegan was handled, and generally in which the club has been run over the last 4 months or so, since Derek Llambias came in.

While Derek is an efficient businessman behind the scenes, his communication with the huge Newcastle fan base is non-existent, and it just doesn’t work not to have the Board communicate on a regular basis.

As we have pointed out a few times, there are a number of things Ashley must doif he wants to return and keep the club, and one is to replace Llambias.  We think Chris Mort would be a very popular choice with Newcastle fans, because he did a great job while he was here, and was responsible for setting up the scouting system and youth policy, which has turned out to be so successful..

And the good news is that if Mort does return he would want it on a long term basis, so that Chris would again sacrifice his very successful lawyer career, to come up and put things right. His wife and kids continued to live in North London when he was here the first time, so we don’t know if that would be the case this time, but presumably that could be worked out if Mike wants Chris back, and Mort would be willing to take on the rather significant challenge.

Chris seems to have tremendous abilities, and he is also a good communicator and certainly put a professional face on the club during his time at Newcastle.

We’d love to see him return as Chairman.

We’ll run a poll to see if readers would like to see Chris back as Chairman.

Let us know what you think – comments very welcome.

44 comments so far

  • seetow

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    great news!

  • seetow

    Dec 24, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    he’s hard, he’s ruthless, he’s voldemort!

  • Allman20

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Great shout, would be a big plus for the toon.. If we can chris back on board along with a on and a cm, preferably an am then we could be in for a good end to the season!

  • dougnufc

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    This would be a big step forward for the club

  • steve

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    If this is actually true then its good news, llambias has been a disaster and I blame him over everybody else for the farcical situation (though Ashley must take some of the blame).

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    There was an article like this a while ago I recall and it turned out to be bullslocks.

    I personally saw Chris as the face of Newcastle United. Very media friendly and seemed to pop up at least once a week on NUFC website.

    Lambiarse or who or whatever he is, is just a face and im sure that prat was behind that statement about keegan which was put up on the NUFC website last september. Fact this Fact that.

    He would not be a miss. Come home Mort you would be welcome, by me anyway. Still think Ash will be in the box on 10th Jan at West Ham match.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    The “Geordies” are so happy to take people in who are (or seem) genuine and Mort seemed to earn his respect with the Toon faithful and even JFK has to a degree BUT there’s a flip side to the coin, Ashley and Llambias!


    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    yeh yeh. when it happens

  • murvar

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Mort more than Ashley gave the club a respectable feel after the takeover. He went through the books, worked out a plan for the owner – and left. There are people in this world who are sorters out and fixers, and others who are best at the day-to-day running of things. We know Mort is good at the former and that Lambias is poor at the latter. We don’t know if Mort is good at the latter – but it’s worth giving him a go and he can’t possibly be worse than the current incumbent. I think he is a talented man but lawyers in my experience aren’t good at running things – they are short-term problem-analysts and interpreters of situations – the long haul and management aren’t usually in their frame of reference.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    There is a father Xmas after all; this will be a class signing if Chris Mort decides to return to Newcastle.

    We’ve missed him and need some one of his charisma to move Newcastle United forward……..

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    I predict several things in January and beyond. All very predicable of course –

    a) Mort to return and the announcement that this is part of a recovery plan for Big Mike. Mike (through Mort) will state that he is willing to give it another go providing the majority will allow him and he will wait with baited breath for a reaction. If it’s negative from the majority he will continue plans to sell otherwise it’s a clean slate and we all move on (some of us grumbling).
    b) Llambias will be paid off.
    c) Mike will start attending games at the back end of January.
    d) We will make 4 loan signings – two of them on the final day of the transfer window.
    e) Xisco will go out on loan
    f) Ameobi, Butt and Harper will sign contracts
    g) Gonzalez sheepishly goes back home with his dodgy achilles and tail between his legs.
    h) Cacapa moves on

    Post- January

    a) We win the FA Cup
    b) Michael Owen commits to playing until retirement at the town.
    c) Kinnear is offered a 3 year deal.
    d) We finish 8th, the economy picks up in late July, cures are found for several diseases, developing world famine is eradicated and the world seems a better place altogether.

    Merry Christmas lads and lasses, all the best for 2009.

    The Nostradmus of the football world

  • Big Gaz

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    I just want someone in at the top who genuinly wants to be here…not someone who wants to make a fast buck…I dont mind if Ashley stays just as long as delivers what he promised when he took over the club…

    on the clubs roller coaster on the down bit I hated the whole set up..but I look now and think “well what has Ashley done wrong???what has Wise done wrong???Wise was responsible for bringing in Bassong (great signing) 2 Argies (great signings) Guthrie (Good signing) Xisco (still to be proven but looks like could be good signing), and plenty of the youth set up also… Wise was doing his job he was paid for (as we all do) and in my eyes he has done it well..

    1) Ashley stay and give money to club
    2) Wise scout
    3) mort to come back
    4) JFK gets us to Europe
    5) Morhinio signs at end of season
    6) Big Gaz Happy

    Happy Christmas everyone

  • Graham

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Fantastic News, We need his stability, hope this true!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    More than welcome is Mr Mort.
    I take it Ashley is staying at least for the time being which will hopefully amount to some reasonable funds in the transfer window.

    My hate of Mike has eased since the Keegan saga..but like everything the proof is in in the pudding..if he backs JK with decent money then I will be alot happier..critical window this one so we will see how it goes.

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Carlsberg dont grant wishes – but if they did they would probably be the best Christmas wishes in the world!! 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    My hatred of wise has also eased and he brought in good players that are starting to bed in well..Never believed I would write that but I just did haha

    Hopefully Wise is working hard behind the scenes helping JK identify and land some good targets.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    My Xmas wishes

    5 hungry new players that want to battle
    4 Stability on the park and in boardroom
    3 Collo and Bassong to stay fit
    2 Go on a good winning streak early jan
    1 The club vibe to stay positive

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    I can say that I was not filled with hatred of Mike A or Mr Wise. I got slated on here for daring to have the opinion against KK for walking away (again)

    We have moved on and things are looking up. Life goes on and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    No one can argue on the signings that we have made under Mr Wise’s wing.

    Its time of bye gones to be bye gones and move on. If MA comes back to SJP then he comes back. Wouldnt bother me and I live for the toon through and through. End of the day he does own the club. With Mort back on the scene it would sort out the board room and JFK and Wise, Money etc the team we can only look forward.

    Lets be optimistic as someone said yesterday We are Newcastle UNITED!

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    I still dislike and distrust Ashley and his cohorts but it’s easier not to think about it when they’re all slinking around behind the scenes. I’d welcome an olive branch in 2009 though. Just stop sliming about and talking to the nonsense-printers. Parts of our new machine seem to be working perfectly. Why not come out and say that, grab the club by the scruff of the neck and say ‘right this is your club but it’s also my club’ this is how it will be done!’. Get some balls, some class and a decent PR team for Xmas Mike and you could be on to a winner at the town.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Good point Bowburn..he just needs to come out and say..lets move on and I will run the club properly and invest in building a solid team.

  • Spyro

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Good news if true

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Is this the best we got to get excited about? What next? Bring back those Geordie chilly burgers? ffs get a grip lads.

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    If Ashley is staying then the best thing he can do is bring back Mort as chairman for at least 3 years, buy/loan some quality players in January give JFK a 3 year deal so there’s stability & maybe then Owen will sign for 3 years.

    I have just seen that Sunday’s game against LFC is to be known as Sir Bobby Robson Day I hope everyone turns up with scarfs & banners and brings the roof down with the noise, I wish I could be there but I will be watching on telly.

    Merry Xmas to all NUFC fans & here’s hoping 2009 is at last a great year for us.

  • Dennis Wize

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    This will happen in january:

    In: Bullard (4M), Samba (2 M), Burdisso(7,5 M)
    David Suazo (loan)

    Out: Ameobi (300k), Xisco (loan), Cacapa (free)
    Edgar (free), Carroll (loan)

  • Lapu kia

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Why people says he is good when people hates Wise.
    Mort was the one who brought Denis wise.
    He was the one suggested young policy and build the club as Arsenal.(this is good, but was the reason KK left)
    He played major role in the return of KK that led to club’s crisis.
    After all, he is Ashley’s man, leader of the so-called cockney mafia.

    Make no mistake, i like him.
    i was reminding people that supports Kk and wants MA out, he is culprit too if Ma is culprit.

  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Dec 24, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    great news, even better if we get sakho. he is a better version of micah richards, even though richards is dog poo atm!

  • Brettoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Hell yeah! Chris was a great man and communicated well.. Come back man

  • Stardust

    Dec 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Sirjasontoon et al:

    Appreciate we all want the team to improve BUT lets learn from the last window.

    If all we had signed was Jonas, Bassong and Guthrie and has spent around 5.5million everyone would be furious – despite how good they now have proven to be.

    Lets hope we are no longer concerned about the amount of money but the quality of the signings. The team has performed well so far lets hope it continues.

    Merry Christmas one and all.

  • JoshNufc91

    Dec 24, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    fantastic if he does, it will be someone at board room level who actually talks to the fans and he seems trustworthy.
    he looks like my driving instructor though

  • Bucks_mag

    Dec 24, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Sign him up – he was fantastic during his time here, and he seems to have become a fan. Still watch that video of him at Blu Bambu

  • Leo

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    what a CHRIStmas gift

  • Ally

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Happy Days

  • adam

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #33

    good news

  • adam

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #34

    good news if chris mort returns as chairman of newcastle

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 24, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #35

    not a single quote from anyone concerned – another load of shit from papers. just cos its good news instead of bad, it still amounts to the same thing, paper drivel.


    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    What, did he get layed off due to the financial crisis or something ?
    What exactly was it he did again that was so great ?
    Hate to disagree but what we need is a guy who has a track record in the game, some one with both knowledge and contacts, not another on the job learner.
    Ashley , if he is going to hang on to the club should have by this time learned by his mistakes.
    Unless he wants a hands on role he should find a qualified football guy to operate the club and provide what he can afford to put out a decent team that can entertain and compete.
    Not a lot to ask !

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #37

    bowburnmag0- Fu**ing hilarious man! Hahah I wish all that become reality but here’s to trying right!? jejeje Bring Chris Mort back very professional and sensible in everything he did.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 24, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #38

    By the way MERRY Xmas ED and everyone here and connected to Newcastle United I wish you a Great Christmas a Happy New Year and a Great Hangover jeje 😛

  • Little Willie

    Dec 24, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #39

    I said on here the other day that he was at the Spurs game, I think the paper has put 2 and 2 together.

  • UTD111

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #40

    Just another piece in the carefully-planned and even more carefully orchestrated PR campaign to get the fat cockney tshirt salesman back through the door.
    Mort would be an improvement on the silence of the Llambias – bit the Dwarf would still be stinking the place out….
    What we need back more than anything is Sir Kevin.


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