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DENNIS WISE is poised to be axed from Mike Ashley’s Newcastle boardoom staff, clearing the way for Alan Shearer or Steve Bruce to take over as manager in the summer.

 

Wise, the club’s executive director of football, was a controversial appointment by Magpies owner Ashley last year. And his arrival was widely pinpointed as the main reason behind Kevin Keegan’s decision to walk out of St James’ Park in September.

 

Shearer and Bruce have been unofficially sounded out, and both hinted a move would be a non-starter if Wise was still pocketing his extraordinary wages of £1.2million per year.

 

Wise, who is based in London, was employed as a football ‘wheeler and dealer’. But he was an unlikely choice, having little experience.

 

It is understood neither Wigan manager Bruce nor former Magpies favourite Shearer would even consider a move with Wise in situ.

 

Shearer, especially, would be a hugely popular choice on Tyneside.

 

Newcastle legend Shearer has hinted he would have no problem working with Ashley, despite the chequered record since he bought the club 19 months ago from Freddy Shepherd for £134m. But the same cannot be said for Wise.

 

Similarly Bruce would not even consider the job with Wise in place.

 

Ashley has been impressed with the way Geordie-born Bruce, the former Manchester United defender, has steered Wigan into the upper echelons of the Premier League on a limited budget.

 

Bruce was willing to take over from Sir Bobby Robson at St James’ five years ago but a compensation agreement between Newcastle and his then-club Birmingham could not be reached.

 

However, Bruce has always expressed a desire to boss the Magpies one day, to fulfil a boyhood dream.

 

Wise played no part in last week’s deal to secure keeper Steve Harper on a new long-term contract.

 

Football secretary Lee Charnley was in charge of discussions. But that posed this obvious question: What exactly does Wise do to earn such lavish pay?

 

Wise has not been seen at a Newcastle game since the FA Youth Cup match against QPR several weeks ago, and he played no significant role in yesterday’s last-ditch transfer deadline business.

 

He was instrumental in buying Spanish flop Xisco, a £5.8million purchase from Deportivo La Coruna who has started just three league games since his arrival last summer.

 

Wise has had successes in the transfer market, though, such as Jonas Gutierrez and Sebastien Bassong. But his popularity on Tyneside remains zero as fans believe his presence, at the head of the so-called ‘Cockney mafia’, was the over-riding reason behind Keegan’s departure.

 

Owner Ashley has also been impressed with the way that Joe Kinnear has taken on the manager’s role even though the Magpies have won just four out of 20 games under his tenure.

 

Ashley is simply hoping Kinnear, who has a proven track record in relegation battles, can steer the club free of the drop zone even though they have been hampered by one injury after another.

 

Frank Gilmour, who is the chairman of the Independent Newcastle United Supporters’ Association, said: “I’d be delighted if Mike Ashley cut Dennis Wise adrift and I’m sure all Newcastle fans would feel the same as well.

 

“He is a problem. He’s the reason Kevin Keegan left.

 

“Ashley stuck by Wise and lost Kevin Keegan, and I can guarantee that Newcastle would not be in the situation we are now had Keegan not left.

 

“I don’t think Joe Kinnear is the right man.

 

“He has done a good job in terms of holding things together. But if we are going to be ambitious he is not the guy who will take us to the very top where we want to be.”

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If this is true, why offer Kinnear a 3 and a half year contract not so long ago? Unless Kinnear was lying of course

 

*reels back in shock at the thought *

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if theres any truth to this I'd be in favour of Bruce coming in he is a good manager did really well with birmingham who he was evidently keeping up and look at what he did with wigan last season, now up in 7th place with some very good players

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no truth to it and no way shearer would be daft enough to come near the place with that cunt ashley there

 

he needs to fucking clear out

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if theres any truth to this I'd be in favour of Bruce coming in he is a good manager did really well with birmingham who he was evidently keeping up and look at what he did with wigan last season, now up in 7th place with some very good players

 

Overrated imo. And didn't Birmingham get relegated on his watch? He'd fit right in then! :nufc:

 

I can't stand Bruce, he's in the same category as O'Leary - every time I saw them on the telly, talking shite and smiling smugly out how wonderful they thought they are, I wanted to vomit. For all his 'boyhood dreams' crapola he'd be off like a shot if a bigger club came in for him, that's what he does.

Edited by Kitman

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On a personal level I can't stand Bruce but from a managerial point I think he could be the man for us right now.

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I think if Bruce had taken over from us after SBR was sacked, we wouldn't be in this shit. I'm not going to sing his praises or anything - he's hardly a world beater - but he's a damn sight better than JFK and I'd have him in a flash.

 

What's the source on this?

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MA: "Oh fuuuuuuuuuck Dennis they're not 'aaaaaapy"

DW: "Calm dahn my sahn, its a piece of piss, tell them theres a Geordie coming in"

MA: "Oh yeah, the thick fackin Northern monkeys'll lahp it ahp"

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On a personal level I can't stand Bruce but from a managerial point I think he could be the man for us right now.

 

Agreed.

 

I'd have Shearer in as well - we're in a shitty mess much like we were when Keegan took over 1st time.

 

Shouldn't wait for Wise to go until the summer like - he's doing fuck all and his working month is finished with.

 

Get him out

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I would take Bruce like, couple of years ago I was not to sure, but has done a really good job with Wigan.

 

I would not Mind Wenger sending players our way either. :nufc:

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Souness was on Irish tv over the weekend talking about how the club are in decline and how we may get relegated this season.

 

Needles to say, my foot nearly went through the tv.

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The rumours about Wise getting the boot seem to be getting some credence.

 

Maybe the Bruce/Shearer stuff is just a way of sounding out the fans' thoughts?

 

If Kinnear does get the push (here's hoping) we are in no position to expect any top class manager to come here, so Bruce would surely be 'in the frame' (sorry for that expression).

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The rumours about Wise getting the boot seem to be getting some credence.

 

Maybe the Bruce/Shearer stuff is just a way of sounding out the fans' thoughts?

 

If Kinnear does get the push (here's hoping) we are in no position to expect any top class manager to come here, so Bruce would surely be 'in the frame' (sorry for that expression).

 

Believe it only when it happens, yet more bullshit, wonder who the PR person is this time?

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Aye, surely there's no coincidence re: the timing of this story, i.e. straight after the window closed with the majority of fans very dissatisfied.

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Probably something about a summer signing to show his intent and something about having a Keegan/Shearer dream team lined up for the summer.

 

Or a deafening silence, the odds are about even.

 

So close. :nufc:

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Regardless of who comes in to manage while Ashley owns the club they'll have their hands tied and no money to spend.

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The lad on Skunkers who gets more right than wrong says JFK will sign his contract this week, so unfortunately I doubt this :nufc:

 

Aye that'll be about right, get him tied down to a well paid contract for security just as another wave of shit comes their way from us...

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The lad on Skunkers who gets more right than wrong says JFK will sign his contract this week, so unfortunately I doubt this :nufc:

 

Aye that'll be about right, get him tied down to a well paid contract for security just as another wave of shit comes their way from us...

Yes, it's IMPERATIVE we secure Joe Kinnear for as long as possible....after all, Sir Alex can't go on forever.

Edited by Asprilla

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