Wise Talks About Newcastle – Hopes They Get Promoted

Dennis Wise has finally broken his silence over his controversial reign as Director of Football at St James’ Park.


Dennis Wise – no regrets about joining Newcastle

Kevin Keegan is currently in a legal battle with Mike Ashley over the events at Newcastle last September, and we expect a decision from the tribunal this week.

Apparently both sides have already agreed to accept the decision of the Premier League Tribunal, or at least that’s what is being reported.

We understand Wise was restricted as to specifically what he could say about his time on Tyneside – presumably because of the ongoing case.

Dennis told Sky Sports he had no regrets about joining the Newcastle club:

“You are paid to do a job and you do the best that you can.” “You’re always going to get stick for everything you do.”

“There are going to be circumstances.”  “We dealt with it and got on with it.”

“People like to blame me for most things anyway!” “There are plenty of other people to take a bit of the shift.”

“I don’t want to go into it to be honest.” “It’s important to keep some dignity and not shout off.”

“There are a few other people that need to look at the situation as well.”

But he defended the Director of Football model that he, Chris Mort and Mike Ashley put in place at Newcastle in January 2008.

“It could work, it works abroad it could work here.” “It’s difficult at the present moment.”

“The system didn’t work and it’s as simple as that.”

After all that’s happened,  Wise still wants Newcastle to get promotion, as he added:

“I wish them the best and I hope they get up.” “They have got some good players and I’m sure they’ll get up.”

And Wise admitted he’d been in touch with Ashley recently, as he continued:

“I have spoken to him about a few weeks ago, there is no malice there.”

“There is nothing bad happening.”  “It’s football I’ll get on with it.”

Dennis Wise usually gets the brunt of the charges for what happened last September, from Newcastle fans, but we still don’t know officially just what happened.

But Keegan is no longer the “can do know wrong” person he was when he arrived 18 months ago, back on Tyneside.

In our current vote on the home page, a full 70% of our readers do not support Kevin in his claim for constructive dismissal.

The poll is still open so please vote, if you haven’t done so already.

It’s unlikely anything will be leaked this week, but in a year or two watch for an exclusive from one of the Sunday papers, and we’ll have to assume whatever is said, is the truth.

However, even that may be unlikely.

If the decision does come down this week, there are reports it will help considerably to sell the club, but that will depend on what the decision is, and it leaning the club’s way, and not Kevin’s.

We hope it is settled this week, it’s already gone on way too long.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • toonsy

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d quite like to break more than his silence to be honest….

  • toonsy

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh yeah, 1st :D, I am cool, oh yes.

  • jordi

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #3

    As unpopular as it makes me I don’t totally blame Wise. He was appointed and did a (crap?) job. I blame Ashley for not being straight with Keegan about Wise’s role.

    That being said I’ve never liked the little git and wouldn’t lose sleep if he feel of a cliff.

  • jordi

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #4

    feeling off a cliff is very dangerous by the way, almost as bad as falling off one… 😛

  • ObaMartins

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Have to agree with toonsy, also Wise was to blame for the 10’s of millions wasted on his signings…Pathetic !!!!!

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #6

    We were just talking about him on the other blog before the Chron story broke –
    And what I said then still holds true –

    I guess it could be argued that Wise knows his stuff to a degree, although it’s difficult to know what he’s been responsible for in his previous roles.

    It’s just a pity he’s a bit like sprouts. Small and nasty and leaves a bitter taste in the mouth (in my opinion anyway).

    Why talk now? It seems a bit fishy? Fishy sprouts? Nice.

  • Tino 11

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    People say he deserves credit because of the youngsters we signed, but do we have any proof that Wise actually “found” them? He may have pursuaded them to sign and sorted their contracts etc but i would imagine someone else scouted them and he didn’t know who they were at first.

  • ObaMartins

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont see why the local press ie the “ChronicleLive” give Wise media space to spout his Poopaganda!!!!!

  • Johno Toon

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Infairness to Wise he tried to do the job he was paid to do the problem is the whole dof thing does not work for whatever reason in british football.

    I dont soley blame him over Keegan walking , i blame everyone including Keegan Ashley etc..

    Oba i think that is a bit harsh saying he wasted 10s of millions when how much did fat freddie waste? What wise spent was a drop in the ocean

  • magpie6699

    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Saw Alan Shearer tonight – he was at Central High school prize-giving where his daughter sang – canny voice.
    Don’t know why I mentioned this – damn all to do with the Toon.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #11

    don’t be slaggin’ sprouts off!..

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #12

    do you know why i have to reload the page many times when i go on this Blog?
    Doesn`t happen to me anywhere else.
    The page reloads itself and then goes to a “Nufcblog brought to you by” Virus type looking page
    Greatful if anyone can help me out as i am addicted to NUFC and this Blog

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Toonsy Your The MAN 🙂 Way cooler than fooldj:)
    Aint got no time for anything Wise has to say…talks a pile of plop.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #14

    what browser are you usin’ mate?..

  • Big Dave

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #15

    I actually think Lambsarse has a hell of a lot to do with it. and imo Jimenez and vetre were the ones finding the players and unwise signed them. I cant believe the amount of people that are still slagging KK for not sticking round to be undermined and treated like a yes boy. he was asked to be our Manager and he excepted then the goal posts are moved and he is then expected to quietly become a coach.. Thats like me excepting a managers job in b&q or walmart, then 2 weeks later they want me to stack shelves, I would tell then to stick there job where the sun dont shine. oh nowt against any shelve stackers out there 😉

  • Dragonera

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Makes me laugh when people say,

    “How can Wise be credited for signing youngsters?! We don’t even know if he was responsible”.

    Yet when it comes to berating and blaming him for everything that has gone wrong with NUFC, we are all of a sudden allowed to speculate and rely on the words of The Mirror, The Sun etc.

  • jordi

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #17


    I don’t think many were too thrilled when he was appointed (me included) and the anti-Wise media stories just give everyone a ‘valid’ reason to slate him. People will believe what they want to believe I guess.

    Truth is only a handful of people know for a definite fact what went on (and still is for that matter) so any kind of public opinion is speculation unfortunately based from biased media sources. Without proper comms from NUFC that’s the way it’ll continue for the forseeable.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #18

    but it was stated at various points that old jai was recrutin’ young players!..
    …What to believe, what to believe?..

  • Dragonera

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #19


    I agree with you, mate. No one knows anything.


    Do you reckon Baheng is ready for the call-up? He seems to have picked up where he left off before he got injured.

  • Dragonera

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #20


    However, i do feel that top management should not be pressured to communicate with the fans. It is best when they keep their traps shut and stay in the office.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #21

    could be in line for a cup call up mate, when’s the next round?..
    …I reckon a few young ‘uns will get some game time v peterborough, don’t you?..
    …Probably a good way to debut them?..

  • Tino 11

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d say put Baheng on the bench for tomorrow and give him the last 10 mins, it would do his confidence the world of good and i’m sure he wouldn’t be too tired.

  • jordi

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #23


    Not asking Ashley to pop round mine for a chat mate :D, just a few regular statements from NUFC addressing the obvious issues. Given that Llambias said there would be more communication there’s been very little info from the club about various things, this leads to conjecture and rumours which quickly become ‘fact’. These are then printed in the papers and taken as true by most people (which it should be if the papers had any integrity).

    An official response (believed or not) could quash a lot of things and allow us to concentrate on the team and the games. To be fair though if they came out and replied to every crappy story printed about us they’d have to hire a 5 man team for the job! 😛

  • Dragonera

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #24


    Good shout about Peterborough. Bahend will most definitely get a few minutes then.


    I am with you on that one.

    Anyone here play FIFA? If so, check out this screenshot. Looks fantastic


  • buddy

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #25

    re baheng….he reli does need to make an impact this season!!! he is 20 and we are in the championship!!! hope he does…the more of these guys who are up to it this year the better….we mite actually be able to scrape through without that idiot investing in players!!

    re wise…. i don have an awful lot against him….he probably did screw keegan a litttle but that was obvious to every tom,dick and harry that summer and keegan waited until the transfer window shut and until the season started to walk out on us….any man with a love or even a mild affection for the club would not have left us in the lurch and would not be trying to scrounge millions out of us at a time when it could really really hurt us…. kk cares for one thing and thats himself!! i hope he get NADA

  • Dragonera

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #26


    Your last paragraph sums up my thoughts exactly. Believe it or not, there was actually a time when top management would come out to quash the rumours. Yes, MA did try the ‘Harry-esque’ likeable approach. Accommodating the press every which way, but there was a problem, and that problem was us, NUFC, the club, the fans. The simple fact of the matter is the press will always aim their crosshairs at us as it is what the fans of other clubs want. And no matter how accommodating our top management is, or how much they communicate with the fans, it will never be enough to halt the endless onslaught and barrage of lies about the club courtesy of the press. So long as people want to be able to open a paper and say, “haha, look at Newcastle, what a joke they are”, the press will continue to oblige. Consider us the Jeremy Kyle of football. We are the escapism section of the sport section. People watch us so that they can laugh, point and for a short moment forget how crappy their own life (club) is.

    Our top management have no doubt realised this and decided it is best to just ignore all of it and over time these publications will lose more and more credibility as the truth comes out.

  • Gelina

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Hi lads!
    First post for me on this blog. Been reading it for a couple of months now, and I really like it. Am from Sweden so it´s a great way for me to keep up with what´s happening over there.
    Does anyone know if the game tomorrow is televised? Any links?

  • NewcastleMole

    Sep 16, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Dennis wise is still on the pay roll at the club for ppl who didnt know 🙂

  • Ben_BKK

    Sep 16, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #29

    Dragonera, I agree that screenshot looks pretty impressive. Have you played the demo that came out recently? It already seems good, probably better than 09, I really like the improved dribbling.

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 16, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Wise did the job he was hired to do, I don’t see why he should be blamed for that. He also brought in a few decent players like Jonas and Coloccini.

    If the so-called stars were performing last term, the club would still be in the Premiership. Blame the Owens, Vidukas, Butts and Smiths for the awful season, not Wise who just did what he was paid to do. He also brought in some VERY fine youngsters like Vukic, I can’t see that he did a bad job at all.

  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #31

    But the point with Wise is his abraisive personality which just does not lend itself to him being a DoF.

    Recruiting him without regard to Keegan’s cavalier attitude was like throwing a flame into petrol and disaster was inevitable.

  • jordi

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Jan Stavik

    The youngsters weren’t really the issue, everyone was happy with that but the 1st team needed strengthening (everyone could see it) which never happened. Bringing players in on the last day of the window in a scramble smacks of desperation, selling players the manager wanted to keep with NO replacement smacks of incompetence.

    I can’t believe Wise was the best man for the job (or even the cheapest) but only blame him for being crap at his given tasks not for wrecking the club.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 16, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #33

    we are still paying him £20,000 a week for doing nothing, yet so many have a problem with Keegan, we don’t know if we are paying Kinnear anything or not, i have worked for a company that has constantly changed the working conditions at will, and it get unpleasant after a while. i had no problems over wise, but he should have been working for the academy only, then it would have worked, his role seemed to change when Llambias took over from Mort.

  • bren32

    Sep 16, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #34

    I cant believe the amount of people defending dennis wise. I am the area manager over a number of department stores. I would not dream of interfering with staff over any store manager working under me. It would totaly undermine any manager with their staff. Staff would loose respect and not perform as they would quickly realise that i was there real manager and that their current manager was just a puppet on a string. All store managers recruit their own staff as they are the people that they will be working with on a daily basis. Dennis wise is an interfering little muppet who should have helped Keegan in his duties ie scouting etc not selling his best players and bringing in guys that he had not even seen. I dont care if he was paid to do a job. He dident do it instead he helped to destroy the club and to be honest all i wanted to do was smack him in the face when i saw him last night. I hear they have nameda new golf shot after him. Aparantly when you take a shot onto the green if you are just over the easy put zone the shot is called a dennis wise ie a nasty little five footer.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #35

    petrol is notoriously difficult to set light with naked flame, it’s made that way for obvious reasons apparently…Saw a documentary on it!..Soz mate, the pedant in me couldn’t resist!..

  • Dragonera

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36


    “All store managers recruit their own staff as they are the people that they will be working with on a daily basis.”

    Utter tosh! I have worked in several organisations where the HR department and not the store manager ultimately makes the recruitment decisions.

  • Incognito

    Sep 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    How fickle. Wise wishes us well (with his fortune in the bank) and Ed is swayed by his sentiments, so turns on Keegan.

    If Keegan comes out and says something nice about NUFC, you’ll undoubtedly be backing him again.

  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Punk….. isn’t it the petrol’s vapour that’s easy to ignite with a flame?

    Call for Stardust – he knows evrything….. he thinks!

  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Dragonera – depending on the level of post, a half decent HR (now known as Human Remains) dept will usually involve the manager in recruitment.

    It’s a means of assessing how a candidate would fit in with colleagues.

    Perhaps Ashley should have thought about that when he recruited Wise et al?


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