Toon chief laughs off Sam sacking talk
Newcastle chairman Chris Mort has moved to dispel the speculation over Sam Allardyce's future. The man installed by owner Mike Ashley to run the club on a day-to-day basis has insisted the Magpies are not actively recruiting a replacement for the under-pressure 53-year-old. Mort said: 'All this makes me laugh and I find all this speculation tedious. 'There is a different name every week and there is just no truth in it.' Allardyce has found himself in the spotlight once again after a run of poor results which has brought the club just one point from a possible nine over the Christmas period. They were unfortunate not to add to that tally at the weekend when they went down 2-1 to a weakened Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge, the defeat coming courtesy of Salomon Kalou's controversial late strike after an improved display by Newcastle. Allardyce woke on Saturday morning to be greeted by headlines suggesting former Tottenham boss Martin Jol was being lined up, while the merits of Alan Shearer's appointment have been debated widely over the last few days.