Sir Les Ferdinand scored 50 goals in two years on Tyneside and he loves the club.
Les Ferdinand– loves Newcastle United and knows Dennis Wise well
Les has known Dennis Wise since childhood and he talked about Wise and his new role at Newcastle United.
Ferdinand told the Chronicle:
â€œMake no mistakes â€“ Wisey knows the game inside out.â€ â€œI understand after speaking to him that he wanted to leave Leeds for one reason only â€“ and that was because he had become disillusioned with the managerâ€™s job at Elland Road.â€
â€œHe didnâ€™t feel he was getting recognition for what heâ€™d done there.â€ â€œAnd it was a massive job in which he had done very well.â€ â€œNow, though, he is up for a different challenge with Newcastle.â€
Ferdinand says he is aware of some of the Newcastle fansâ€™ concern over Wiseâ€™s appointment and whether it would interfere with Kevinâ€™s control:
Yes, I see why people are thinking like that.â€ â€œWhen you think of director of football positions or suchlike they are usually elder statesman. But Wisey doesnâ€™t fit into that category.â€
â€œFrom Kevinâ€™s point of view, it will improve his job. You cannot be everywhere in football and itâ€™s an extra pair of eyes.â€ â€œAnd when you look at Wiseyâ€™s contacts in the game, they are magnificent.â€
â€œAt Chelsea alone he played with Vialli, Di Matteo, Petrescu, Leboeuf and Zola â€“ who are well positioned in the world of football.â€ â€œI think itâ€™s all part of the education of the game for Dennis but one he will be relishing trying to make a success of.â€
While it may be a new management structure within football, the appointment of Dennis as well as Jeff Vetere and Tony Jimenez seems to make a lot of sense.
In a business structure, you have to be very careful to clearly define job scope and responsibilities, and we think that is easy to do for this structure. And Wise has already said itâ€™s Kevin who will always have the final say on who comes into the club, and who leaves.
Sounds a great structure to us, which will set Newcastle up for sustained success, and just watch in the summer the number of good players arriving at the club.