Dennis Wise defends himself over Kevin Keegan's Newcastle departure

04 October 2009 09:01
He spoke out after Keegan successfully sued the club for constructive dismissal after Newcastle went against his wishes and signed Ignacio González on loan to curry favour with agents after Wise told him to watch the player on YouTube.

"It has had a damaging effect on my career and has not been fantastic for me, but you have to make decisions and live and die by them," Wise said.

 Related ArticlesNewcastle fans plot buy-outNewcastle 0 Bristol City 0"It's sad because I was going into that job trying to do my best for the club. I left a good job at Leeds to go there, and thought I was going to better myself. At the end of the day, Mike sacked me.

"There has been a lot of speculation about the situation with agents. I have to be careful what I say, but the club never paid money to an agent. We brought a loan player in but there was no loan fee or agent fee.

"The long-term idea was we would have a relationship where we would have first option on all the best young South American kids, and that was important to the club.

"Mike knew all about it and was fine. He knew about every deal. He's the owner, and it's his money."

Wise revealed Ashley was concerned that he may have to put the club into administration had Keegan won a £26-million claim for "stigma damages".

"The disappointing thing is that if Kevin had won £26 million that would have upset Newcastle United Football Club," Wise said.

"Mike was worried about it. When someone is suing for £26m, you have to panic a little bit. It's not a nice situation to be in. Maybe that would have ended in administration. Maybe, that's a question for Mike Ashley.

"I think they will go up this year, I hope they do. I think Mike will hold on to the club at least until they get promoted."

As for his own career prospects, Wise added: "If the right thing comes along then I'm sure I'll look, but I'm relaxed. I might not go to the North East - its very hard getting on and off that train at times."

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