BREAKING NEWS: Dennis Wise named Chelsea Manager
In a huge breaking story today, Chelsea legend Dennis Wise has been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager - signing a one year contract with the North London giants
Chelsea have confirmed that - despite rumours that they were in deep discussions with Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone
-Dennis Wise will replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager.
Dennis Wise is widely known in the footballing world for his aggressive approach to the game along with his highly competitive style of play. Wise’s playing career spanned 20 years with us seeing him having stints at Wimbledon, Leicester City, Millwall, Southampton, Coventry City and most notably, Chelsea. While at Chelsea, Wise had his most success with him winning the FA Cup twice, the League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup once. This success saw him become Chelsea’s most successful captain at the time (he has now been surpassed by John Terry).
Dennis Wise saw little success during his international career with him winning 21 caps over a 10 year period. He did however manage to score on his debut against Turkey. His consistent performances at club level saw him being picked for the national squad for the Euro 2000 campaign which only saw the team win one game out of three (a 1 nil win against Germany).
Dennis has already had some experience in management with him firstly becoming player-manager during his time at Millwall followed by being caretaker manager of Southampton following Harry Redknapp’s departure. Wise found his first permanent managing role at Swindon Town. In 2006, he became manager of the then Championship side Leeds United who found themselves struggling to avoid relegation; unfortunately Wise could not save the club from the inevitable.
Newcastle United then shocked the footballing world by employing Wise as an Executive Director of football which saw him as an advisor on footballing matters. It was rumoured that Wise was one of the key figures in the removal of the Newcastle United legend, Kevin Keegan as manager. Wise and Keegan had had disputes in the public eye, most notably the fallout from James Milner’s departure to Aston Villa despite Keegan stating that he was a player that wasn’t for sale. Further controversy was to occur at St James’ Stadium with Wise rarely being in attendance but instead being at Stamford Bridge watching his favoured Chelsea. In 2009 Wise left the club shortly after the appointment of Alan Shearer and the club confirmed that there were no plans to replace Dennis Wise. Unfortunately this series of events has seen Wise’s image being damaged with him stating this as having a “damaging effect on my career”.
It begs the question why Roman Abramovich would want to employ Wise when stability at Chelsea is what is needed the most.