Denis Wise has been interviewed for the first time by the Evening Chronicle today, and he comes across really well.
Dennis Wise – Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football
It’s a very good interview and Dennis explains his new position, and he flattens any talk that he’s at the club to manage â€“ so hopefully some of the ridiculous press reports that have accompanied his appointment will now go away.
But we doubt it.
â€œA lot of people have got a little mixed up with the reason I am here and we need to straighten that out quite quickly.â€ â€œI am not here to be involved in the first team. I am not here to manage.â€
â€œI am here to help Kevin as much as possible with bringing young players through and also recommending certain players to him.â€ â€œHe will say yes or no. He has the final word. No-one else. I am not going to do things like bring players in behind his back. I am not into that.â€
â€œEverything that happens will be run past him and he will say yes or no.â€ â€œI get on very well with Kevin. Heâ€™s a good man and he has a good rapport with the players. Heâ€™s not a shouter or bawler. He treats players with respect and thatâ€™s why he gets the best out of them.â€
â€œI am looking forward to my role with Newcastle. Itâ€™s a big challenge, and when I was asked, it didn’t take too long to say yes.â€ â€œItâ€™s something different. I am really looking forward to it and I intend to make it happen. The size of the club and the ambition of the owner and what he wants to achieve attracted me.â€
â€œHe not only wants to bring the best players here, he wants the best young players as well.â€ â€œHe wants to get them from wherever he can get them from. He wants it to grow. Thatâ€™s what he feels is the right way to go.â€
â€œItâ€™s something we need to build and take on. We need to get as much young talent as possible at this football club.â€ â€œThatâ€™s why I have got to concentrate more on the Academy. We need more young blood coming through of our own. Thatâ€™s something that needs to be looked at.”
“We also need to look abroad for young players and that is my intention for the next few years.â€ â€œI enjoy working with youngsters, bringing them through. I did that at both Millwall and Leeds United.â€
â€œI enjoyed that part of it. It gave me great satisfaction seeing them coming through and play for the club they have grown up with. Itâ€™s important that happens.â€ â€œFans want to recognize someone. When you have a home-grown player itâ€™s very important to the fans to have that special bond.â€
â€œWe want a few of them because a lot of top teams have got a couple of their players in there and we would like a few more in Newcastleâ€™s team.â€
You may not like Dennis for various reasons, but there’s no doubt he is a good football man, and knows what he’s about. It’s really a fantastic opportunity for Dennis because it will give him a great perspective on the world game, and it’s obvious he’s fully bought into the great vision established for the club by Chairman Chris Mort. Not to mention the fantastic wages he is getting at the club.
It’s now his job to make that vision come true, and if Newcastle can do that, we’ll make a lot of Journalists eat their words. And that has to be our goal, because there’s just a whole bunch of them just willing for Newcastle to fail – again.
They’re already writing off Keegan’s second spell at Newcastle as a failure – after just 3 weeks. But that’s only a clue as to their lack of knowledge of the game. They wouldn’t know a solid football club structure, from a hole in the ground. All they seem to want to do is destroy things – especially on Tyne-side, and we cannot let that happen, not this time.
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