Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort has hit out at impatient fans for heaping pressure on manager Sam Allardyce.
"In my role I have to be determined to take a medium-to long-term view and not be the guy texting in to the press on a Monday morning saying everything's gone horribly wrong," said Mort. "We have a club that has a massive following and the team and the club is a massive part of people's lives in this part of the world. Because of that there does tend to be a bigger swing in emotions. It would be wrong for me to join the element that swings both ways. I wouldn't be doing my job properly if that's the way my mind went. It should be: 'Hang on, let's wait and see where this is going before we make a judgment.'"
Mort, like Allardyce, is frustrated by the lack of patience shown at a club which has become a by-word for underachievement but he can understand it in the context of the disappointments which have littered the club's recent history.
"It struck me, even after drawing at Middlesbrough and beating Bolton away for the first time in ages, that there was lots of negativity around," he said. "Lots of people are clearly waiting to see where this club is going and, because there were a lot of unsatisfied people around last season, people are perhaps looking to judge it even quicker this season."