Mort: Fans DID Influence The Choice Of Manager!

Last updated : 19 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor

He insists they have delivered just what the fans wanted in the wake of Sam Allardyce's ill-fated reign.

But ... why the hell did they make an offer to Harry Redknapp? The Pompey boss was certainly one name that was NEVER chanted at St James' Park.

Mort says the billionaire owner has had plenty of opportunities to gauge opinion during his afternoons sitting alongside the supporters, although Mort is adamant that the decisions to dispense with one manager and employ another were taken by he and Ashley alone.

Mort: "You can hear what the fans are saying even where I sit.

"If you are going to be influenced, you will be influenced wherever you sit in the ground.

"They are customers at the end of the day, so we have had feedback on all sorts of issues including the manager in recent months.

"But it is us who decide what the right thing is to do. The fans won't drive that, but we will always listen to people."