Ferdinand – Wise Knows Game Inside Out

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:

“Make no mistakes – Wisey knows the game inside out.” “I understand after speaking to him that he wanted to leave Leeds for one reason only – and that was because he had become disillusioned with the manager’s job at Elland Road.”

“He didn’t feel he was getting recognition for what he’d done there.” “And it was a massive job in which he had done very well.” “Now, though, he is up for a different challenge with Newcastle.”

Ferdinand says he is aware of some of the Newcastle fans’ concern over Wise’s appointment and whether it would interfere with Kevin’s control:

Yes, I see why people are thinking like that.” “When you think of director of football positions or suchlike they are usually elder statesman. But Wisey doesn’t fit into that category.”

“From Kevin’s point of view, it will improve his job. You cannot be everywhere in football and it’s an extra pair of eyes.” “And when you look at Wisey’s contacts in the game, they are magnificent.”

“At Chelsea alone he played with Vialli, Di Matteo, Petrescu, Leboeuf and Zola – who are well positioned in the world of football.” “I think it’s all part of the education of the game for Dennis but one he will be relishing trying to make a success of.”

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 it’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.

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