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Mort Steadies the Newcastle Ship

Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this afternoon, that everybody at Newcastle United is geared towards emerging victorious from Saturday’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:

“We 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.” “Sunderland are looking to get a win under the belt, but so are we.” “Mike will be there on Saturday – definitely.”

“As long as the Sunderland board do not mind he will definitely wear his Newcastle shirt.” “Mike is not wearing his shirt to games to embarrass the opposition or put them in a difficult position.”

“He wants to be and sees himself as a Newcastle United supporter and knows fans wear the shirts – he wants to be part of that.” “Therefore he will want to wear his on Saturday.”

Chris will be sitting in the Director’s box along with Sunderland’s impressive chairman Niall Quinn, both of whom have only good wishes for the other team.

Chris continued:

“Mike’s role is one of a supporter, but my role is chairman and I need to play the chairman function.” “Part of that is abiding by the normal dress code.”

“I need to wear the business hat and Mike will wear the supporter’s hat.”

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 James’s Park and the Stadium of Light, Chris feels rightly, that these are exciting times on both the Tyne and Wear.

“Everybody 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.”

“It means we can have a match against our biggest rivals.” “Niall Quinn and Roy Keane have been taking the club forward over their period of ownership.

“They have new owners and a new chairman too and their regime in charge is 12 months ahead of ours.” “They have taken the club forward and got their place in the Premier League.” “They should be a side strong enough to keep their place.”

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:

“We need to take away the rollercoaster aspect of the club.” “There is a danger of over-optimism after a few wins and a massive amount of pessimism if we lose”

“We 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.”

“If we are going to take the club to where we want it to be we must take a longer-term view on things.” “Talk of other managers coming in is disappointing.”

“It 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.” “The Premier League is a pressurized environment and we do not need to add to that by speculating on managers.”

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.  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 – 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.   Howay the lads!

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Tripp

    Nov 7, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    News of the World. The acronymn should be “nowt” as it seems that’s all they’ve got.

  • Ashton

    Nov 7, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #2

    We should sign with Milan Stepanov in jan he will solve our problems in center back position
    oh and he is fat sam type .

  • leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #3

    we havent got problems at centre back… come on one or two bad games and its doom and gloom for our cb’s

    “go on ashley spend a couple million on a defender” its rediculous, we have

    if we buy some youth to come through when cacapa and faye have gone, but unless they are fantastic players and want to come to the club to suceed then there is no point.

    we need some attacking influence in the centre.

    and wingers and full backs, even though the players we have got their are good enough we dont have good enough back up players for them.

    if there is no competition for places there then they will stagnate….

    im sure mort and ashley will have already planned who they are going to try and sign in january,

    heck havent they even got a couple signed on pre-contracts???

  • leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #4

    why hasnt my post come up?

  • leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #5

    oh it has nevermind haha

  • Hadrian

    Nov 7, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #6

    leo, players you named were either free , from the youth or a couple of million quid . hardly shooting for the stars is it 🙂
    sam had to wheel and deal in the summer , ill put my house on it that he wouldnt have brought some of the summer players in had he a larger wallet .

  • Ashton

    Nov 7, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #7


    Hey little dude
    look at our record
    we never kept a clean sheet this season so far !
    will exept villa game and
    cacapa is too small and pussy
    faye is a defensive midfielder and he will be off in jan
    taylor too young and lack of experience

    so we need another defender that’s for sure
    and Stepanov is the right man he is strong and fast
    and he is pretty much like vidic .

  • morpethman

    Nov 7, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Hi…….a female relation of mine is employed at Alnwick Castle.

    Yesterday…….Mike Ashley and Co. attended the Castle along with Paul Jewell and his reps.

    The discrete meeting was held in a private room and lunch was served by two female staff who had no idea who they were serving.

    Please, please, please give Big Sam a decent chance to get things right and steady the ship!!!!

    If you must look elsewhere …..we need someone with more clout than Jewell!!!!

    Remember……you heard it here first!!!

    C’mon Newcastle!!!!…Good Luck for Saturday.

  • jeff

    Nov 7, 2007 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #9

    One thing Id say I think its great Mort coming out and saying they need to stop the rollercoaster feel of the place….as in managers coming and going…..Time will tell if he meant what he said but one thing about the man he does like to come out and put a stop to the crap press newcastle have all the time.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Good statements from Mort as we need to give BSA time to rebuild the team and squad……

    A point on Saturday will be acceptable, a win will be the icing on the cake!

  • morpethman

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #11

    jeff…….you’ll see that this guys talking crap!!!!

    These blokes are excellent at P.R

    As Newcastle fans we deserve better!!!!

  • Leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #12

    i suppose good point ashton, we will loose a player or two in jan. although taylor is still capable remember

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Stepanov has only been at Porto since the start of the season and for one he isnt better than any of our CBs on thier day.

  • indian toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #14


  • yemozone

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #15

    As long as chris mort is in nufc then i believe the club will move forward.


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