What Football Means to Geordies Faithful

November 15 11:30 2007 Print This Article

Newcastle chairman Chris Mort realise the impact of Newcastle United’s game results for the people on Tyneside. Although only has been around 5 months in the North East since being brought to St. James’ Park by new owner Mike Ashley in June, Mr Mort admits that he is relishing the challenge of running the football club, especially with the passion.

“It’s a fabulous way to spend one’s time, running a football club,” he said on the official site “It didn’t take long for me to accept Mike’s offer to come and run the club and I have absolutely no problems having done so.”

Mort set his mindset for football as this is not ‘only a game’. He knows that this city is full of passionate people who care very much about what happens to Newcastle United every Saturday.

Mr Mort added that he is still hoping to recruit a new management team to help with the running of day-to-day affairs at the club.

“I’m not looking to bring in a new chairman or anything,” he explained more “There’s a couple of senior people I think we need to add to help the management of the club, which will make life a little easier.”

The chairman wants to enable himself to move up to a slightly higher level in terms of strategy, while getting down into the detail of lots of things to understand what needs to be done for the good of Newcastle United.

And while the Newcastle board is going to strengthen the management part, Sam Allardyce also continues to strengthen his own side of business. Middlesbrough’s goalkeeper coach Paul Barron expected to arrive soon at Tyneside after managing the soceroos team friendly match in London.

Allardyce will be using the international break to assess possible transfer targets. Russian attacking midfielder Andrei Arshavin is the one being considered as his main target while the Israel defender Tal Ben Haim is also being reported as the loan target for Newcastle in January.

Zenit St Petersburg £7m man, Arshavin will be watched by a Newcastle representative in Israel on Saturday.

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