Of all the stories to be coming out of Newcastle United, the reports that Dennis Wise had “returned” to the club in an advisory role was very disheartening. As if the rumors of takeovers and transfer talk wasn’t enough to make fans feel lied to, the very name of Dennis Wise had turned the hearts of Newcastle United fans everywhere black.
But Wise is seeking to distance himself from the news by stating that he has not advised Ashley on anything, and that Newcastle fans would “be pleased to know...this is not true”.
You will be pleased to know Newcastle Fans that this is not true, good luck to you guy's for the rest of the season. pic.twitter.com/En56pIElEc— Dennis Wise (@denniswise) January 20, 2019
It’s easy to be skeptical about Wise’s words as he has been an associate of Mike Ashley’s for years, and was part of the management team that not only lied to Kevin Keegan, but was part of the group that attempted to oust the legendary manager. He is seen as one of the key players at the epicenter of everything that went wrong at the beginning of Ashley’s tenure as owner of the club.
Rafa Benitez when asked about Dennis Wise’s involvement practically pleaded ignorance, and only stated that he can at least say “yes or no”.
Let’s hope for everyone’s sake that this isn’t true. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. Mike Ashley’s inner circle has changed little over the course of his ownership. So it would be no surprise to hear that Wise has maintained somewhat of an involvement with the club over the years.