Wise Offered Director of Football at Newcastle

The Yorkshire Post is reporting today that Dennis Wise’s future as Leeds United manager was in serious doubt, as Newcastle United are trying to get the 41-year-old to St James’ Park to be their new Director of Football.


Dennis Wise – new Director of Football at Newcastle United?

Newcastle are understood to have offered Dennis Wise a position within Kevin Keegan’s organization, and sources on Tyne-side suggest Newcastle officials are confident of completing a deal and agreeing compensation with Leeds United. Dennis is currently Leeds United manager and the team have done very very well this season.

Wise’s role at St James’ Park would be that of Director of Football, providing him with influence over lots of the Newcastle’s operations, but giving the former Chelsea midfielder no input into the day-to-day running of the club’s squad. Chris Mort, Newcastle Chairman, is keen to have somebody in place at the club, who can look after the recruiting of players, both experienced players, and also the youngsters Newcastle are scouting across the world.

So this would entail having tags on lots of players across the world, and managing a scouting network, which the club started to build during Big Sam’s short reign at the club. The network of scouts would then be responsible for identifying the up and coming players, and also experienced players, who could then be brought into the club. Newcastle brought three top teenagers into the club earlier this month, as part of that growing system.

Newcastle United have apparently now made the Leeds’ manager aware of their interest, and they are waiting to see if he will accept the bid to move to Tyneside.

Leeds are doing well this season, in spite of having 15 points deducted at the beginning of the season, and have now climbed to within a point of second position in the League One table. They had a 1-1 draw with Luton Town on Saturday. The Yorkshire side now have 45 points from their 28 games so far this season, and an excellent goal difference of 26.

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with Dennis Wise since Keegan arrived, and while we are very keen on having the Director of Football position at teh club, we’re not sure Dennis has the experience for such a job.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    why director of football? thats a role above the manager , he’d be making descions we want keegan making .

  • canmag

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    are you kidding me

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont get a DOF at all, looks what it did to Spurs!

  • AdamCF

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t mind the decision. I think they need to isolate KK’s role to purely managing the team.

  • AdamCF

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Yes, Tom.. have a look at what is happening at Spurs.. If you think players come to a team purely because of the manager, I’d say you’d be kidding yourself.

  • cooldj

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    woodgate to the arse. i’m probs a bit late on this but its not on this article yet!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    did – past tense.

    They bought a load of players they dont use and cost loads of money, thats my point. They are allright now though. But they wasted a hell of a lot of money.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    adamcf , i think what tom means is for every player spurs have bought thats worked out , there is two who havent .
    keegan done so well by picking up players he liked and making them come good .
    kevin’s strengths are NOT solely managing the team !!

  • AdamCF

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Hadrian.. so when KK was appointed Football Director in 1996 and then removing the Reserves team this was good? And his narrowmindedness towards lack of youth as it had always been about the now.. lifting a team out of a division.. going all for broke with no look past the next game. I love his cavalier approach in moderation.. but it solely must be kept on field. We need a Football Director and we need one now.

  • Macas

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley and Mort have finally proven how totally clueless and out of touch with reality they are. Lets hope our new director of football can identify some signings before Thursday or relegation looms….

  • Hadrian

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    how can you make a judgement on what keegan did then, without knowing what was going on behind the scenes.
    if your asking me if it was good idea to go all gun’s blazing and pump everything into winning something , then yeah it was a good idea, if only we had won something it wouldnt be getting shoved in his face .

    macas , this will be keegans call, nothing todo with mort and especially ashley , have a word with yourself . cant stand such negativity , no wonder we are labeled fickle when comments like that are made .

  • Gilly

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Pleas let this be a joke…in similar vein to Wise himself.

  • Chicken

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    If someone had asked me 6 months ago if it was possible to fall out of love with your football club I’d have said definitely not.

    Now I’m not so sure.

  • greg

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #14

    No thanks

    We need a continental DOF if we’re going to have one at all

    Maybe Keegan can get Pako Ayrestran in as No.2?

  • Marguerite

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    I hope this is a sick joke. I am not entirely against a DOF as such with the lack of football knowledge coming from our current chairman, but not that bloke. Are we deliberately trying to collect every trouble maker there is to our club?

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Me thinks this Ashley/Mort combination is even more idiotic than Shepherd!!!!! Denis Wise, Director of Football??? I can hear the laughters all around the country ringing already!!!


  • Macas

    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Hadrian – I’m not so sure this will have been Keegan’s decision, Ashley owns the club and Mort runs it. Yes we need a scouting network but Dennis Wise to be in charge of it???? And as for being negative, have you seen our fixture list?? We only have four ‘easier’ home games and if we slip up in those then there is a distinct possibility we will be drawn into the relegation battle.

  • Yosser

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    This even trumps Keegan’s return to NUFC, you couldn’t make it up. Fantastic.

  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Agree with most guys here. Not against the DOF role, but less than impressed by Wise. What has he done to convince Mort and Ashly to have any interests in him to take the role is beyond me.

  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

    surely if we wanted a director of football it would be with a older experienced manager who no longer wants to manage the day to day not a young upstart like wise.

    is this the papers stirring it up again


    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21




  • Hadrian

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    ive seen the fixture list , belive me im as worried as the rest of you . best way about it is to get our heads down and get stuck in tho.
    if the fan’s are worried the team picks up on it , what they need right now is support .

  • dirk

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #23

    i think this would be a good decision, wise has done well for leeds and made some cracking decisions towards the team, he knows his football whoz good and whoz not and dennis is all for academy and youth players i think this would be great for newcastle.

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Dirk is your name meant to be DICK instead? LOL.

    Dennis a good director of football? Dont make me laugh.

  • Hammy

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Loathe him or loathe him, Wise has done a decent job at Leeds this season, but I hardly think he is Director of Football material,
    taxi drivers will be crapping themselves at the thought of picking him up from SJP…
    Chris Coleman……he’d be good but I think he wants a managers post

  • Jim

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Should it not be the other way around?

    KK – Director of Football
    DW – Head Coach

  • Josh

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #27

    You guys seem ignorant to the role of a director of football, and some of you seem ignorant to the English language. Black Caesar get a f**king helmet.

    Hadrian, what the hell are you talking about. You need to stop playing championship manager mate.

    I think this would be an exceptional appointment for Newcastle, that would in no way interfere with the job of Kevin Keegan.

  • Chris

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    If we need a DOF I would’nt say Wise would be my first choice. I’ve got a lot of respect for him for what he’s done at Leeds, but it’s a different ball game isn’t it.
    Also if we are looking for a director of football then it will be Keegans choice, not Mort’s or Ashley’s. They wouldn’t undermine him like that without his approval.

  • Graeme

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed, who’s idea of a piss take is this then??

    What earthly use is he going to be to NUFC?? I just cant see the point to be honest!!!!

  • AndyW

    Jan 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Some of these comments are weird. Do you think Mike Ashley multi-millionaire business man and Chris Mort succesful city corporate lawyer, just go off on whims with a view to hoying money away and making the club look daft?!

    These guys take the advice they need, they take medium to long term views, they have a strategy and they have a vision and they back these with what they believe to be the best course of action, and money.

    I for one am prepared to back them and see what comes of it and if it falls apart then i’ll still support the team. Its got to be better than Fat Fred thinking, “oh dear everyone’s unhappy, better break the bank on Michale Owen ‘cos then I’ll look good.

    As for the whiny comments like “ooooo they’ve appointed a Director of football and I don’t like who it is…”. just shut up and wait and see eh?

  • Karl

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #31

    DW as DOF is not a good idea, I don’t think he is intended for that role at all (just media stuff…). I think he will be our new No.2. He has proved himselfe as a lower league manager (well, sort of), and it’s time to hit the P.L. He is a bastard, and we need one to whip the team into giving 110%

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #32

    ?????? unWise fgs.

    Wise has found his place in the third tier of the English league!

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #33

    WHY? Of all the possible people we could appoint why choose Dennis Wise, I just don’t understand it.

  • Gooderz

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I could see him as an assistant manager but not DOF. Keegan siad he wants someone different in that role so different ideas can be bounced off eachother and Wise would give that, plus he’s very passionate like KK.

    Shearer is missing out on that role because of those similarites but that makes him a candidate to be a coach. He’d be part of the setup and pulling the players in the same direction as KK, which is what is needed in a coach.

  • Dan

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35

    what a great idea! most clubs with great youngsters such as chelsea and tottenham have directors of football in place, the best thing about our club is that it will be run by purely english, unlike chels with arnesen and spuds with comoli, with this it will give us keegan on the playing side, while he draws up transfer plans for our dof hopefully dennis wise to go and chase, this will enable him to focus purely on training scheds and taking charge of the team and focusing on a game to game basis. great business thinking by C.Mort And M.Ashley. IDEALLLLL. C’mon the Toooooon

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Gooderz, I agree. I think Wise could make a good assistant manager to KK. He has proven himself, no matter what others may think. He has taken a team with -15 points at the start of the season to a potential 2nd in the league if they win their next game.
    Director of football should be someone with experience such as Sir Bobby Robson, but he is far too ill to come back into the game, so I suggest, and you’ll like this – GEORGE GRAHAM for director of football.

  • James

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #37

    How about Quique Flores instead? 🙂

  • keegan 1

    Jan 28, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #38

    why would wise leave a managers job to have a role that he cannot have much say in. i think it will be another one of chris morts shady decisons

  • Bill f

    Jan 28, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Perhaps he is being bought in to be a chaperone and mentor for Barton, this has to be a good move.

  • keegan

    Jan 28, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #40

    i would pay to see wise and barton to kick the shit out of each other


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