Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this afternoon, that everybody at Newcastle United is geared towards emerging victorious from Saturdayâ€™s derby game at Sunderland, including owner Mike Ashley, who plans to wear his Newcastle shirt at the Stadium of Light.
Chris Mort seems a steadying influence on the Newcastle ship and has assured the Newcastle fans the current board knows exactly what victory against Sunderland will mean to every Newcastle supporter worldwide.
Chris Mort – steadies the Newcastle ship, before the big derby game with Sunderland
Mort told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:
â€œWe are very excited about Saturday, it is a big match and both sides are going into it more desperate for a win than usual, I suspect.â€ â€œSunderland are looking to get a win under the belt, but so are we.â€ â€œMike will be there on Saturday â€“ definitely.”
â€œAs long as the Sunderland board do not mind he will definitely wear his Newcastle shirt.â€ â€œMike is not wearing his shirt to games to embarrass the opposition or put them in a difficult position.â€
â€œHe wants to be and sees himself as a Newcastle United supporter and knows fans wear the shirts â€“ he wants to be part of that.â€ â€œTherefore he will want to wear his on Saturday.â€
Chris will be sitting in the Directorâ€™s box along with Sunderland’s impressive chairman Niall Quinn, both of whom have only good wishes for the other team.
â€œMikeâ€™s role is one of a supporter, but my role is chairman and I need to play the chairman function.â€ â€œPart of that is abiding by the normal dress code.â€
â€œI need to wear the business hat and Mike will wear the supporterâ€™s hat.â€
Mort believes derby games can only be good for both Newcastle and Sunderland supporters. He believes having both teams in the Premiership can only be good for the North East area, and he’s so right there. With new owners at both St Jamesâ€™s Park and the Stadium of Light, Chris feels rightly, that these are exciting times on both the Tyne and Wear.
â€œEverybody you talk to in Newcastle will have a different prospective on things, but mine is I would rather both clubs were in the Premier League because you have games like Saturday.â€
â€œIt means we can have a match against our biggest rivals.â€ â€œNiall Quinn and Roy Keane have been taking the club forward over their period of ownership.
â€œThey have new owners and a new chairman too and their regime in charge is 12 months ahead of ours.â€ â€œThey have taken the club forward and got their place in the Premier League.â€ â€œThey should be a side strong enough to keep their place.â€
Chris wants to return some stability to the club which Newcastle have never really had since Bobby Robson managed the club. Although the Newcastle chairman was unhappy to hear the Sunday reports of managerial change at Newcastle – it was only the News of the World after all – he admits he wants to inject a lasting feeling of security on Tyneside.
Mort went on:
â€œWe need to take away the rollercoaster aspect of the club.â€ â€œThere is a danger of over-optimism after a few wins and a massive amount of pessimism if we loseâ€
â€œWe have to make sure we keep taking the club forward, and it would be wrong to have a major negative reaction if we lost two games on the trot.â€
â€œIf we are going to take the club to where we want it to be we must take a longer-term view on things.â€ â€œTalk of other managers coming in is disappointing.â€
â€œIt is tittle tattle and it is unfortunate because there are lots of fans who hear it and are concerned it is actually correct when it is not.â€ â€œThe Premier League is a pressurized environment and we do not need to add to that by speculating on managers.â€
Chris is so right there – he’s broken the code 😀
We Newcastle fans easily get carried away, both in victory and defeat and we’re as bad as anybody. A couple of wins and we’ll make the Champions league 😀 But it’s not at all easy being a Newcastle United fan as many have found out over these last 40 years.
As we’ve said before it’s easy supporting teams like Manchester United – give me a break – they win something every year. How hard is that? Not too hard to support a team that has won the Premier league so many times and the European Cup twice.
But it’s not that easy with a team like Newcastle United – but we believe Chris will become a steadying influence at the Newcastle club.Â He is almost the perfect foil to the more heart on sleeve approach of Newcastle’s passionate manager Sam Allardyce. Along with owner Mike Ashley they are dedicated to making Newcastle United successful again â€“ whatever it takes. Two poor defeats in a row will hardly break that resolve, and we are looking forward to the new players Chris and Sam will be bringing into the club in January. We think there may be some pleasant surprises there.
Oh yes, and a win on Saturday would certainly steady the ship and lift the spirits of the Newcastle supporters. Â Howay the lads!