Former Leeds manager Wise, whose time as executive director (football) with Newcastle was highlighted in the ruling of the Premier League tribunal into Kevin Keegan’s claim for constructive dismissal, has joined to help promote the Buckinghamshire club’s community initiatives. Chalfont St Peter are second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League.
The club have emphasised that Wise’s involvement will not extend to the playing side.
Wise, 42, was widely blamed for Keegan’s controversial departure, having signed players without his approval, and has been out of work since April. But a club statement said that “his involvement will be purely on the community side, he will not, in any way, be involved with the football side.” Wise added that he was “proud to be part of this”.
Meanwhile, Wise’s former Chelsea colleague Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is poised to make a playing comeback for Blue Square South club Woking. The Dutchman, who is now a summariser for Sky, has been approached to help the club restore former glories.
Woking’s most famous moment was when they knocked West Bromwich Albion out of the FA Cup in 2001. Hasselbaink lives nearby, though the club insist that any moves for the striker are at “a very early stage”.