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Newcastle manager clears up Wise cracks

Kevin Keegan has put to bed any suggestions that Dennis Wise was appointed as Newcastle United’s director of football without his prior knowledge. Despite giving the impression during Monday’s press conference that he was none the wiser (!) about the ex-Leeds manager arriving at St James’ Park, the BBC report that Wise will be reporting to ‘King Kev’ on all matters and that he was fully aware of the club’s intentions.

He said: “I am all for the changes and I approve of them. They want someone on the board who understands football, and Dennis understands football very well.

“It will work very well. Dennis reports to me – the chain is established.”

“I knew about it. It’s not a surprise to me, it might be to other people,” Keegan told BBC Radio 5 live.

“Two or three names were given to me when I first sat down and talked about the job with the owner. One of them was Dennis.

“I know Dennis. I know he’s intelligent. I know his job here is to help me. He’s on my side.

“How can any manager be against someone who is going to come to the club to try to bring in talent?”

Still, considering there are just two days before the January transfer window is firmly shut, it seems like rather bizarre timing from the Tyneside club.

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