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.