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.