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Dennis Wise Raises His Head Again

8 years ago

It still seems like a really bad nightmare but yes, Dennis Wise was employed at Newcastle United and given more authority than Kevin Keegan.

As well as undermining the manager, we can thank Wise for the likes of Xisco and others, as well as signing a load of ‘promising’ kids from other clubs – not one of who proved a success.

The poison that was/is Dennis Wise is perhaps best summed up by a certain knight who had a way with words.

Sir Bobby Robson;

“My biggest disappointment was Dennis Wise, a director of football who was hardly seen at the ground, and who brought in players who were neither suitable, nor right, for Newcastle United. I forgive most people, but I am not sure I can forgive Wise for what he did to my club”.

The latest club that Wise is targeting to ruin is Coventry, or I suppose it would be a case of finishing them off in the Midlands club’s case.

The Sky Blues sacked ex-Newcastle defender Andy Thorn after drawing the first three matches of the season and Dennis has applied for the job.

In fact you couldn’t have a bigger contrast in my eyes than between the departed Thorn and the poison dwarf.

After the sale of Gazza, Thorn was recruited alongside Dave Beasant, John Hendrie and John Robertson and created a misfit team, though I thought of those signings centre -back Thorn and winger Hendrie were the right players at the wrong time.

Newcastle fell apart and were relegated, Thorn sold off in a fire sale to Crystal Palace.

That following season I’ll always remember lying on the sofa and watching the build-up to the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Ctrstal Palace, the players walking around the pitch in their suits taking in the atmosphere and interviewed one by one.

Each player talked the usual predictable rubbish about it being an honour to be there, hoped to go home with trophy, game of two halves etc etc.

When it came to Andy Thorn of Crystal Palace (Ex-United), they asked him the same kind of typical question but he ignored it and instead said something along the lines of the following, “I’d just like to wish my old team Newcastle United and the fans the best of luck in their play-off with sunderland, I really hope they get promoted as I loved my time there and wish I could have stayed”.

A player minutes away from such a massive occasion and instead he’s bothered enough to think of us – top man.

Sadly Thorn went on to lose the replay after Palace managed a 3-3 draw in the first match, as for what happened to Newcastle in the play-off that’s a whole other story…




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