Bobby Robson – Dennis Wise Out, Steve Bruce In


Bobby Robson, who knows as much about football management as anybody on the planet, has spoken out and thinks Dennis Wise has to leave the Tyneside club.

Sir Bobby Robson – Wise will never be accepted on Tyneside

Sir Bobby Robson said today:

“I think Dennis Wise will never be accepted here and he has to realize that.” “While Dennis is running things from the south, you have to ask if the structure is correct.”
“The absolute priority for Newcastle now is to appoint a first-class manager, right away.”

“At the moment, everything surrounding Newcastle would put first-class managers off. It has to change, and fast.” “Like all Newcastle supporters, I’m deeply concerned about how the club has appeared to slide, and things seem to be worse now than ever.”

“If it’s not Keegan coming back, the club have to move on quickly. And a first-class manager will only work if he can determine what he wants and the club back his decisions.” “If the owner is the most important person at a club, the manager must be the second most important. And they have to work hand in hand.”

“My view is that they need to appoint a Geordie manager, and someone with Premier League experience. That person can work with a director of football, as long as it’s a director of football who will try to work on what the manager wants.”

A world class Geordie manager with Premier league experience – there isn’t one.  But obviously Bobby is talking about Steve Bruce, who has done a great job at Wigan in a short time, and they had an excellent 2-1 win yesterday against Manchester City, and Steve had his players performing well and with considerable spirit.

But it’s up to the new owners who they will appoint, and hopefully we should know who the new owners will be within a week or two. Steve Bruce has obviously improved over the last few years, and has become a much better manager, and has a very good view of the game.

He has taken Wigan and made them into a decent team this season, and of course he’s a Geordie lad with his family living in High Heaton.

Comments welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • RamyNUFC

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    If Bruce came do you think he could bring Titus Shambles with him?!!

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  • MattyDread

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    “A world class Geordie manager with Premier league experience – there isn’t one.”

    Yes there is – the interviewee.

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  • wigaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure whether he’s talking about bruce? but i think he’d be good, he’s def got an eye for a player with Zaki & he can get best out of players in their 30’s heskey. Lets just hope bobby has found the fountain of youth & takes over as a 40 year old manager with all his experience now. N0w that would be the miricale we need! total legend best manager we’ve had in recent times by far IMO!

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  • samthecat

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Not for me-Bruce saidof Wigan we may not be the best team with the ball but i will make us the best team without the ball.
    The thing about Wise was if Jimenez was doing the negotiations, Vetere the scouting,Money the Academy what exactly was he employed to do?
    Nothing wrong with a DOF as such but is it coincidence that the 2 clubs with the DOF making the transfer decisions are bottom of the table.

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  • Nicholas

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Yes, Sir Bobby is absolutely right. Wise should get the hell out of Tyneside. Someone who is dedicated to the club should take over (if not Keegan) and we’ll be fine. Hope this thing will sort out by the end of this week.

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  • selly no skill

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    why does he have to be geordie for christ sake.he just has to be a good strong manager that gets given time and backing.we make the same mistakes every time.soon as we have a few bad games ,the press feed the fans aload of balls about the managers not understanding the area,the fans get restless and two weeks later we are looking for the next victim.i bet fergie had never been to manchester and wenger to london before being appointed as managers there and with all due respect to geordies and nufc.arsenal and man u are bigger ,successful clubs than us.the new owners should break the bank for hiddink.give him a whopping 5 year deal and stick by him.it might be the most expensive signing they make but it would be worth it.

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Phil Brown would be excellent for us,don’t know why but he reminds me of Mourinho in some way.

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  • wigaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Selly good shout for Gus! he is a top manager with pedigree! and if he took over as gaffer hopefully we could also see a certain Mr Arshavin show up on tyneside too. Gus would def get the toon firing again! great post dude!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Rasko – Phil Brown is a mackem !!!!!

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  • Ian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    If only Bobby Robson had been the director of football if we MUST have one, then no-one would have fallen out in the first place.

    Wise cannot manage people, hence the fallout, has no worthwhile connections otherwise a temporary coach/manager would have been in within a few days, has no connections of any value with transfers as all of the decent transfers were from Vetere’s foreign scouting knowledge, so really what is Wise any good for???

    Not PR that is for sure.

    Wise’s forte appears to be punching people or falling out with them in blazing arguments, the very last skill required in any management team let alone dealing with sports celebs.

    He has to be useless for Sir Bobby to say anything against him.

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Why Hiddink,yes he’s good with the national teams but as far as i know his club managing experience is not so impresive.
    Although i wouldn’t say NO to him in case Newcastle has the chance to sign him.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Selly / wigaz

    I agree Hiddink or Ericsson would be great by me. 🙂

    Ever the optomist lol

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #13

    How come he’s a Mackem,i thought he was from South Shields.
    Well i believe you cos i’m not from Newcastle so i dont know,all i knew is that Mackems were from North Shields.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Rasko – i read it on an earlier blog on here before we played Hull.

    If i am wrong i apologise – don’t know if anyone can verify this ??

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Apparently Phil Brown got chinned in The Leazes for sounding like a Mackem even though he’s a Sanddancer. Not sure he supports The Mackems though does he? Unless the second part of the story is he started watching them instead?

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  • Nick NUFC

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #16

    I am from shields like and a proud toon fan

    tis about a 60-40 split here in favour of sunderland fans

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  • Graham1982

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Rasko

    A geordie is someone who normally born within 1 mile of the tyne. People from North Shields are Gerodies.

    Graham

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Had on there Hadji – Mackems are from Sunderland, not North Shields!

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  • Paul

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Didn’t he say all this about two or three weeks ago in a Daily Mail column?

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Thank you for the info gentlmen….GEORDIES ROCK

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  • hitman

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    my mam lives on the same estate(whiteleas) as phil browns mam and dad,and he supports the toon

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Rasko a.k.a Hadji FYI Geordies are born in Newcastle. Mackems are born in Sunderland. South Shields people are sanddancers & support either (sometimes both) team. North Shields people usually support the Toon being from the correct side of the river Tyne.

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  • Jamie G

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Just looking at this picture of bobby creates a certain sense of nostalgia, back to the time when were actually half decent.

    New structure, new owner and new manager for the january window, who will bring in a good and dedicated manager, which rules out keegan.

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon Chicken….Had on there Hadji
    Whats this HAD means 🙂

    Is it like,”Hang on there Hadji”

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Guys think I may have caused the confussion here – I read on here (I think) that Phil Brown supported the mackems. Was looking for some clarification on that not where he was from :]

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  • hitman

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    it dosnt matter what side of the tyne your from,your still from tyneside

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #27

    What you consider a Geordie is really down to interpretation. There’s no big line drawn anywhere. Except Sanddancers are more likely to be Mackems.

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  • hitman

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    and hows that bowburn,coz southshields is on the border of sunderland..look at gatesheed there on the border of washington and thats mackem country..

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah hitman, I can’t believe you bit. I don’t normally do wind-ups. Sorry mate.

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  • hitman

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    lol,south shields is on tyneside not wearside…
    its on ssn that this south african are putting out a statment the day..anyone no owt about them

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyway, Paul’s dead right. It was in an interview but I think hitman’s right too, he just stopped going to games. I don’t think he became a Mackem. Surely that sort of thing only exists in horror films and nightmares?

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  • Hadrian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed this was said weeks ago .

    you hear that sound ? its the sound of this blog rolling downhill .

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Someone on here mentioned the Swansea manager. I’ve been digging about and apparently he is really rated. We should give this guy a chance. He’s young and came across well on SSN even though his team had just been tanked.
    Hiddink would be a dream signing, but would he come to us? I hope so, but I would like to think we would seriously consider giving Martinez an interview at least.

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  • Paul

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Hitman, your right about Tyneside, but Brown supports the Wearside tramps. BowburnMag was spot on.

    ‘I supported Newcastle when they were at home and Sunderland when they were at home until I had an altercation with a group of supporters in the Leazes End,’ he said.
    ‘They accused me of being a Mackem.

    ‘I was mistakenly identified as a Sunderland fan when at the time, I was a football fan.
    ‘Then I became a Sunderland fan.’

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  • valle

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #36

    This interview is at least 2 weeks old… However, i think we hsould just concentrate of getting the top of the club done right and then go on from there.

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Surely, if you’re going to be a “football fan” (never quite sure of those types), then you’d watch either the Toon or Blunderland one week and say Blyth or Gateshead the next? You wouldn’t attempt to share your time between two fierce rivals? Surely that’s wrong and even at the the highest end of the evolutionary scale, you could recognise that?

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  • murvar

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t know why we’re talking about the Swansea manager as a poss (I’ve not read all of this thread) and I hope we are not going to swoop on an “up and coming” manager from the lower divisions – remember Gordon Lee? However, if we were to do so there is only one real candidate – Simon Grayson of Blackpool. No money, no crowds, but got them up and kept them up. Good young coach, who gets every ounce of skill and effort out of his players. I would really like to see him with us a no2 maybe with an eye to a top job eventually, even if not with us . You don’t need to have been a top class player to be a good manager – Jose Mourinho proves that.

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  • red eye

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #39

    He said this a few weeks ago in one of the Sunday papers.

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  • Bill F

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Gateshead and South Shields is Tyneside, Sunderland is Wearside. Whilst it is just possible that South Shields people might support the Mackems I would be very surprised if Gateshead people would. someone from Gateshead my allegiance has always been to The Toon. Although I would also go to Redheugh Park to watch Gateshead when they were in the League.

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