Dennis Wise In Danger of Becoming Popular At Newcastle


Dennis Wise is continuing his work in building up the contingent of top youngsters at Newcastle United, and he seems to have stolen a march on Sunderland for a top young local goalkeeper.

Dennis Wise – signs up another excellent youngster for Newcastle United

It’s clear that Newcastle already have some top youngsters at the club, and that our Under-18 side must have a decent chance in going far in the FA Youth Cup yesterday.

They are top of the Academy league right now, and won their 6th game in a row at Sheffield Wednesday yesterday by 3-1, with superb young striker Nile ranger bagging his 16th goal of the season, and 13th for the U-18 side.

The People is reporting today that Dennis has put himself in the position, of being on the verge of some unlikely popularity with Newcastle fans, after he has pinched a top young goalkeeper from under the noses of arch rivals, Sunderland.

Newcastle’s Director of Football was more than happy to pay compensation to Sunderland, to get 14-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick into their Academy side.  Jak is the younger brother of Spurs and England Under-21 goalkeeper Ben, who is now 21 and started his career at Sunderland.

Jak is already rated one of the top young goalkeepers in the country and is part of the England Under-16 squad, but has also been capped by the England Under-18 squad. He has been standing in for the injured Ole Soderberg recently, for the impressive Newcastle Under-18 side, and has impressed the Newcastle coaching staff.

His brother Ben signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, from Sunderland, after playing 19 times for the Sunderland first team, and he is currently out on loan at Carlisle United. The brothers are from Prudhoe, which is located on the River Tyne, about 11 miles directly west of Newcastle.

The line about Dennis becoming poopular is of course toungue in cheek, but if he keeps out of the way of the first team manager and continues to bring top young players into the club, or even older players with the manager’s blessing, he may still be able to do a good job for the club.

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88 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Dennis Wise is doing a good job with the youngsters and only doing what he has been told by MA when it comes to the senior squad. The hatred towards him is unwarranted

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  • james L

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    in all fairness denis wise has done a mint job in terms of signings for the first team and the youth squad.its just a shame him and keegan couldnt get along.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I hate him.

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  • dave

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    what a bunch of pratts praising wise,the majority 99% think he is a little bastard for interfering and selling players behind the managers back.

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  • Att Fashley

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Wise in!

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  • RamyNUFC

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Spyro

    Totally agree mate, Wise has made some very good signings.

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  • The Entertainers

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    If Wises role was to bring in quality young players ONLY. Then fine he done a great job.

    But his failure in purchasing players for our 1st team has played a huge part in our downfall this season. We are dreadfully short in defence, midfield and our forwrd line.

    It appears this too was partly Wises responsibility and seen as he is head of the pack, the responsibilty lies with him.

    Its a shame as Wise clearly has shown his abilty in bringing in players like Spears and Ranger for our youth set up and Jonas and Colo for our 1st team, but his first, second and third priorty this summer should have been the 1st team!

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    This fits his job description, youth academy. But meddling with first-team affairs isn’t.

    Spyro, you are talking thrash.

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    the majority of youngsters signed while ashley as been here , were scouted by previous regime,

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  • Geordie C

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Two words: Xisco, Gonzalez. A few more words: who took the final decision to sell Milner and replace him with players the manager had never heard of, never mind wanted? Would the Executive Director (Football) have anything to do with the fact that we don’t have a permanent manager and the connected reason that the club’s up for sale? What are Dennis Wise’s qualifications to do the job he’s doing? How many players will leave in January? Where are the contract offers for Owen, Butt, Harper? Yes, it’s about time the Academy was looked after properly and three cheers for that, but our club is in chaos and Wise, just like Ashley, Llambias and the rest of the muppets who have run Newcastle into the ground have to take responsibility for that.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    I do not care what the majority think, and in truth it baffles me when people say such things as “most people on here think…” or “you are the minority” as if it is some kind of insult. Lets get a couple things straight, i am not passive, I am not a sheep, i do not follow the crowd, i make up my own opinions. Is that so hard to grasp?

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #12

    i dont like dennis from his playing days,but i was willing to wear his appointment as long as he did what he was paid for.
    cannot fault him on the youth side of it,but he should have never stuck his oar into the first team.
    ashley obviously wasn,t thinking about the fans though when appointing wise.
    ashley has always stated that he had stood among us and listened,what a joke that was.
    i can just imagine ashley standing in level 7 talking to fans about the merits of wise being DOF.
    if ashley really cared about the club the fans etc he should have let peter beardsley do that role or someone similar.
    we need former players or anyone connected to the club to sell it to potential signings etc,but that is just my opinion.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Personally i feel it is too early to judge Xisco

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  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    so you never berated wise spyro? hmm

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    That is a fair enough point Beat. I actually agree that DOF should be someone who supports NUFC.

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  • Craigg

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont think the problems with Keegan were the initial players in
    (Jonas, Guthrie, Coloccini and Bassong)

    The problems came when we sold Faye and Milner and bought Xisco and not so speedy Gonzalez.

    He didn’t bless those transactions and that is a managers choice not a bunch of glorified talent scouts.

    Wise has got most of the stick fairly or unfairly (We’ll never know)

    When Ashley brought KK back he should have given him the same power he had at club management level with Us,Fulham and City where his main attributes were in the transfer market and motivation, He obviously had some decent scouts with him previously who never had any problems identifying quality players with no lack of skill.

    Keegans fault despite my undying love and admiration is his short fuse and principals if Ashley had done his homework he would have known the only way to get him onside is to support him 100% and dont lie to him, He subsequently failed.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    No Leo i have NEVER berated Wise. Go back and check if you like.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Craigg

    I agree

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    spyro,as i wrote that last post i started to wonder,is that not also our achilles heel are we too inward looking,too parochial.
    spyro you youself being a fan from outside the area do you think we shoot ourselves in the foot that way?

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  • Ganiyu

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    The new Newcastle manager dennis wise

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  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    well that sounds like a great way to spend my sunday, how likely am i to look through the records and find some proof, and you know that

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  • 51times

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro – “I do not care what the majority think”, which is easy to do when you live 250 miles away in Landan corr blimey

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  • Daniel

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23

    The hatred toward the ENTIRE non-playing staff at the club is unwarranted.

    DW has been brought in to do a job to the best of his ability, and so far he has been going well. MA gave him a contract for the recruitment of players, he’s only doing his job.

    So why did MA employ him? Inexperience. He has came into a new job and make a mistake, looking at continental structure and long term continuity above shorter term which is too important to ignore.

    DL is a bad appointment, he’s done a terrible job in relation to the customers, and we have no evidence of anything hes done behind the scenes. But there again public speech isn’t made for everyone, he needs to go and thats down to MA (who is inexperienced remember?).

    So, we hate someone for doing there job well, making mistakes and not relaying information to the public well.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Beat

    To an extent, yes

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Leo

    Give me a break, i have no reason to lie. Do you honestly think i care that much about whether i have berated Wise or not? The only reason i remember i haven’t is because up until this day i STILL believe he is doign a good job.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    there are certain clubs in the country that have a unique tradition like us,west ham,sunderland,liverpool,man city that in the past have always been run by ex players etc.
    with liverpool now moving on with rafa and houlier before him.
    sunderland are now being run by the irish,is it not time for us to drop our romantised view and knuckle down,only a thought though.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Beat

    I have been saying that for ages, the fans hold the team back by only excepting certain people based on their geographical whereabouts etc. It is silly and far from practical. Also, the current batch of NUFC fans aren’t exactly doing the team any favours with the current bahviour. Protesting against the chairman, saying things like “Cockney Mafia Out” is doing no one nay favours. I do not know how that was portrayed up there, but down here it was ridiculed and used to simply reinforce the southern belief that “Geordies are thick” etc. Also, with attendance dropping and fans running on to the pitch to confront our current manager because of a substituion that was made it doesn’t exactly look good, you know what i mean. No doubt this post will be misinterpreted and greeted with hostility. (sigh)

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  • 51times

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Spyro – Bigotry and prejudice are usually greeted with hostility.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Well read the post properly then

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Well the kids are doin’ alright, can’t really argue with that!..

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  • Nobby'sDad

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Daniel // Nov 16, 2008 at 12:13

    The hatred toward the ENTIRE non-playing staff at the club is unwarranted.

    DW has been brought in to do a job to the best of his ability, and so far he has been going well. MA gave him a contract for the recruitment of players, he’s only doing his job.

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    You can only judge how good these youngsters are if and when they make the step up to first team football. 100’s of ‘stars of the fuuture’ are taken on by Premier clubs every year – only about 0.00001% ever make it!

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  • Geordie C

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Reading through these posts, it feels like we’re sleeping-walking towards oblivion. Newcastle are fourth-bottom of the league. Newcastle have a tiny, inadequately equipped squad. We have three senior players in Nicky Butt, Michael Owen and Steve Harper who are out of contract at the end of this season. We have an owner who doesn’t want to be here. We don’t have a permanent manager. We have absolutely no idea about who may be in charge of the club in a few months time – Ashley or otherwise – or what their motivations might be. But, gosh, Dennis Wise has a signed a few promising kids, so that’s alright then. The man is a joke, and a bad joke. He, Ashley and the rest have wrecked our football club.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #33

    spyro,no offence taken,i know what you are saying the toothless morons on sky sports are ridiculous.
    at the same time though i understand peoples right to protest in a constructive manner,shoes off if you love keegan was insane though.
    look at jose mourinho at chelsea,he,s portugese but that didn,t stop the fans loving him.
    at liverpool for years you had,shankley,paisley,sourness,all managing the team,but now run by foreign guys.
    the media keeps on saying it,s an impossible job ,managers dont understand the geordies as though we,re martians.
    we would give any man a chance as long as brought us success.

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  • Joseph

    Nov 16, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    whatever else may be said about him but he’s pretty good at spotting good young talent

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    What do you call senior players?..
    …What about: Given, Beye, Colo, Cacapa for eg?..
    …No-one’s sleep walkin’, it’s just that it’s very tight from about 8th down…& personally, i prefer not to freak-out at this point, there’s still 2/3rds of the season to go!..
    …There’s no need for over-emotional reaction, just yet…Yes, we’re in turmoil as a club, but, that considered, at least we’re pickin’ up points…NO, i’m not too optimistic about the future but i ain’t gonna cry either…It pisses me right off when we shoulda had that game in the bag, but us lot whinin’ & arguin’ the toss with each other WILL NOT HELP…
    …But hey, get it off y’chest like!..

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  • Stardust

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Oi Oi Spyro

    I gave up ages ago fella – the trouble with the thick is that they cant see they are thick – and thats what the Mob achieved for all NUFC fans “Legendary Thickness” up and down the country. I travel a lot and we are universally laughed at and ridiculed – the perception of the situation outside the area is that this is all Keegans doing not Ashleys – but you cant tell the Mob that – nor can you tell them Wise has done a lot of good things – and their hatred is akin to racism as its a hatred based on nothing but supposition, stereotypes and hearsay.

    I stopped posting 6 weeks ago and stopped reading the blog because of Eds pro Mob slant – although I note he has mellowed of late – hence the reason I’m reading again. (probably because the site wasnt balanced and was losing posters by the tanker load)

    Again I have to say fella – first class posts – you arent alone in your thoughts – but remember you just cant argue with people who havent the ability to think for themselves – they need to go outside and look at their bedsheets for answers and then having done so – come back at you with sound rationalle and thoughts “Cashley Oot!” no wonder we are laughed at..

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #37

    We’re shit, and we know we are.

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  • Stardust

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Geordie C – in any time of hardship or trouble the only way to resolve and triumph is to stick together and fight – that goes for Ashley, Wise, Keegan, The players, The Fans.

    Yes be dissapointed we didnt get who they wanted and then get on with it together. Small teams can take on all comers – remember the Spartans!

    But Keegan and the Mob still perpetuate their destructive course – Fans have as much responsibility to dig in and get on with it. Only when we are all together can we triumph.

    But its easier to blame your outsiders than look in the mirror and blame yourself.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #39

    We’re racist, and we know we are.

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  • belfast toon

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #40

    I have been saying for a while now wise has done a good job and only what he has been told but i do agree with some of you he should not have the final say in first team matters i do believe keegan has let us down and not for the first time

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