Leeds United have officially confirmed they have agreed a compensation package with Newcastle United for coach Dennis Wise. Dennis is coming to the club, but there seems to be confusion as to what his appointment is – but we think it’s as Assistant Manager to Kevin.
Dennis Wise – Newcastle United’s new Assistant Manager?
A full statement on the Leeds website read this afternoon:
“We have agreed a compensation package with Newcastle United for the services of our manager Dennis Wise and he will part company with the club on Tuesday January 29 after completing the preparations for our game at Southend United that evening.
Newcastle had approached us for permission to speak with Dennis on Friday and since then things have happened very quickly.
We will always be grateful to Dennis for the way he has turned things around at the club on the playing side and he goes with our best wishes for the future.
We are not prepared to comment on the inevitable speculation that will now follow about who will replace Dennis. That is not the way we do our business at this club.”
Wise has been taken by Newcastle United as a new member of the club’s coaching staff under recently re-appointed boss Kevin Keegan.
It appears that Dennis Wise may be taking the assistant manager’s job at St. James’ Park as far as we can tell.Â Dennis was linked with a new position of Director of Football at Newcastle, but he hardly seems to have the qualifications for that role, and it would make more sense if he was indeed Assistant Manager to Kevin.
Wise has done a great job this season for Leeds, who are now 5th in League One, having overcome a 15 point penalty they had at the beginning of the season.Â Without that penalty they would be 3 points ahead at the top of the table.
The timing suggests the appointment is for Assistant Manager, since Kevin had talks with Shearer on Thursday evening, and the approach to Leeds United was only made after that on Friday morning. Alan and Kevin agreed it was not right for Alan to be Assistant manager during their talks on Thursday.
Dennis is an excellent coach, and he’ll be much better as Assistant Manager than Director of Football, which is a more diplomatic role, when you are attracting various players, both experienced and youngsters,Â to the club.
What do you think?