Having had a busy couple of weeks sorting out the new-old gaffer and preparing a transfer warchest for KK, Chris Mort had nipped back into the shadows for a period. However he`s spoken of his delight at the way Kev is working out so far and also just why we won`t be letting Shola go to Pompey or Boro any time soon. He said:
'Everyone in the game I have heard talk about his return to football has said he is such a great guy to have back. He is just what the Premier League needs in terms of the sort of managers we already have. We hope he will excite people with the sort of football he will bring to the Premier League. I am delighted to see him back and I am sure that is the same for the rest of football. He is a guy who has been sorely missed while he has been away.
From my personal perspective, I think it's great he has had a break. As people can see, and people have seen previously, he gives 150% and, from his point of view, that break has been good. It has re-charged his batteries. He has massive enthusiasm to work hard and get this club going again.'
On Shola, he commented:
'Shola has been working hard, but has had niggling injuries. He has done very well when he has played in the reserves. I am sure Kevin (Keegan) will look to assess Shola and the others in the weeks to come.'
On incomings he quipped:
'We would still like to add one or two players before the transfer window shuts. There is not much time to buy quality players. Clubs do not want to release players at this time because it is difficult to replace them. Kevin (Keegan) and I have talked about potential people to bring in, which is what we will try to do before the end of the transfer window.'
On the backroom battalion brought in by Allardyce:
'There is not necessarily too much to sort out. That will be Kevin's call. He and I have talked over the past week about what he wants to change in terms of backroom staff. I have told him we will back whatever his judgement is in terms of who he wants in there. It is up to him if he wants to work with the current people or change them. What Kevin said is that he needs some time to see if he can work with the current people and take things forward.'