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Wise Appointed Newcastle’s Assistant Manager?

4:44 pm, Monday, January 28th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

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.  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.  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,  to the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Griff // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    I like Dennis Wise.

    Much better as an assistant than a director..,

    Bring back Bobby Robson for that! :D

  • 2 ronaldeano // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    I would love to see Wise knock some sense into Joey Barton!!!!! :)

  • 3 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    i agree that Wise would be better as an Assistant and that he lacks the perks needed for DOF. However every paper is saying that he will be DOF and that will free up KK to concentrate on the first team.

  • 4 broon ale // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    wise should bring jemaine beckford from leeds, scoring goals for fun

  • 5 Black and White Blood // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Griff – No don’t bring back SBR, we don’t want a DOF..!!!

    Denis Wise, I’m gutted, however KK must see somthing I don’t therefore I am happy to support this appointment….

  • 6 Chris // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    I hope he does come in a Keegan’s No.2. I can’t see him being DOF. He’s done a great job at Leeds so he can obviously motivate players!

  • 7 Kris // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Assistant sounds good the guys got a great attitude and takes no sh*t of anyone,a real motivater in the dressingroom ,good call i say he”s obviously got skills if he can do what he did with leeds,lets all just get behind the clubs desicions instead of always looking at the negatives..

  • 8 Black and White Blood // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    broon ale – Div 1 player i think….I saw him play down at Hartlepool at New Year, yes he scored but never looked Premiership quality at all…

  • 9 Hadrian // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    this better be keegans call .

  • 10 Kash2 // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Shearer for Director of Football?

  • 11 Jesus of Nazareth // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Makes more sense than Director of Football.

  • 12 Black and White Blood // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Hadrian – I agree, if not that would be a worry!

  • 13 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Im just trying to think if KK is only looking in the prem for players and we need a stop gap centre mid maybe we should put a cheap 1 mil bid for someone like Smertin, not a bad player IMO.

    If Dennis Wise gets the DOF position they should hire me for scout if thats how silly they are!

  • 14 Kris // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Barton vs wise………Get ur tickets now for the big fight

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    or Xabi Alonso, maybe a bit optimistic.

  • 16 DP // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Lads, from the comments i’ve seen, this DOESN’T look like Keegans call. Apparently asked by the media ‘Why Dennis Wise?” KK replied, “I’m not sure, you’ll have to ask the chairman, he’s back Wednesday or Thursday”

    Doesn’t sound too promising, if it is KK’s decision then i’m fully behind it. Bloody hope it is.

  • 17 Micky Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Good move if he’s assistant to KK, IMHO. I would have liked someone like Tony Adams appointed, but I’m not convinced he’d leave Pompey.

    Wise has really proven himself as a manager and to assist at one of the biggest clubs in England would be a good move for him.

    DP – Where did you get that information from about KK? Can’t find anything myself. Sounds like bollox to me. If it’s not bollox then KK won’t be around for long, he’ll walk. Just like he did when the Halls started dictating what he could and couldn’t do.

  • 18 SuperShearer // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    I’m slightly surprised by Wise’s decision to quit as a manager to come and be an Assistant. Therefore it is more likely that he has been told to be DOF. Unless of course there is some clause in his contract that states that if Kev goes suddenly Wise gets the job. All very speculative I know but it seems odd to leave a managerial job that he was doing so well at. Wish him all the best for us though and hope he and Kev can turn things around.

  • 19 Taiwan Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    We are the EPL bad boy now :(.

    Seriously, I am not so sure about this move as we never know if his works at Leeds is a one season wonder or it was done by Poyet. (Just read some messages from Leeds fans on another site)
    Well, I don’t know as I don’t really care about how Leeds is doing at the moment, just hope he will come good with us.

  • 20 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM


    Last season 0 goals 1 assist.

    This season 2 goals 0 assists.

    Oh actually that sounds like pretty good form compared to most of the rest of our squad – get him signed up now.

  • 21 Hadrian // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    shocking sign of things to come of they have went out and made this appointment without keegans say .
    what the hell are they playing at undermining him a week into the job?

  • 22 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    nah dont think alonso would be too far out of our reach, it would be worth a punt for sure.

  • 23 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Just thinking out load because i really cant see many people available and would come to us in the premiership in the cm position.

  • 24 Micky Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Skysports seem to think KK is ok with this.

    “New Magpies boss Kevin Keegan is keen to have Wise in his new-look backroom team having worked with the player during his time as coach of England.”

    The bbc say

    “Keegan himself would not be drawn on the subject of Wise at a Newcastle media briefing on Monday.

    “Obviously, there are going to be some moves at this club, but I think the chairman (Chris Mort) has really got to come out and say what that’s all about later this week.”

    They also say that Wise will work under Keegan.

    Make of it all what you will.

  • 25 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    ahaha hes basically a runner. what a mug.

    Hes just helping the bord run the club.

  • 26 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    What about Sidwell?

  • 27 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Or carrick even? Don’t think that’s as ridiculous as it might sound.

  • 28 Black and White Blood // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Exec management role – can’t believe it…. Undermines KK in every aspect! Don’t think it is a good move..!

  • 29 ToonRich // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    On X.Alonso – weren’t Liverpool ready to offer him in part ex for someone earlier in the month? If so we should def bid for him :-)

  • 30 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Carrick is playing well and regularly for Man Utd, cant see him leaving, i actually hate Sidwell i dont think he is very good, but neither is Smertin, both better than Butt and Smith so im just thinking of cheap alternatives who have played in the premiership who would jump at the chance to join us.

  • 31 JS09 // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    SSN say keegan was aware of it wen he was appointed.

  • 32 Micky Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    A bit off topic, but Tom Toon if you are looking for someone who is cheap, available, has PL experience and would join us how about Eidur Gudjohnsen?

  • 33 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Im talking bout a cm with half decentpassing that could displace Butt *cringe*

  • 34 keegan // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    looks like wise is the next man to rape our club what a joke

  • 35 Martin // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    So KK was aware of this appointment before he took the job and it looks like Wise will head up some senior recruitment role – whatever that is? If KK agreed to it then it’s fine by me. I doubt he would have signed up if he thought he would be undermined in any way. Stop wringing your hands and howling at the moon. I think we have very little chance of signing anyone remarkable in the next few days and by the sound of it we are more likely to be bringing in Keegan’s No2 and people to assist Mort.

  • 36 cloudstrife // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    “Wise will take on a £1m-a-year role similar to that of a director of football, which will involve overseeing youth development and player scouting rather than coaching the first team”

    “The decision to approach Wise last week was taken by Newcastle’s chairman, Chris Mort, rather than manager Kevin Keegan, who is still looking for a No2 after Alan Shearer chose not to return to St James’ Park last week”

    Sky Sports News.

    seems like we’re still looking for a No2 and it will be KEEGAN’S choice.

  • 37 Jesus of Nazareth // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Xabi Alonso is well regarded by the big boys in Spain so if he did move I don’t see us being an option. Also with Sissoko going to Juve I doubt Rafa would sell him at the moment if at all.

  • 38 drumma // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    not long to the transfer window shuts and still no one yet

  • 39 geordie white // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    as you can guess i am a leeds fan but still keep nufc close to my heart .ive read your blogs regards mr wise i understand your aprehention about his appointment with good reason
    1.wise has come to you because he is not upto management has no pr skills and has been found out through recent results and performances
    2.the man behind the good form was gus poyet look at the stats when he left the performances nose dived
    3.has never finished a job i.e millwall swindon,leeds
    4MONEY!need i say more ,came out with the usual tosh “im here for the long haul”
    good luck lads with him and just pray he never becomes assistant to kevin or all hope of entertaining football will never be achieved!99% of leeds are glad to see the back of him i am gutted he has come to newcastle (why couldnt he have gone somewhere else)anyway good luck for the rest of the season king kev will get you up there again!

  • 40 Graeme // Jan 29, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Looks like the loonatics are in charge of the assylum again!!!!!!

    What a fiasco, yet again.

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