dustynrg Posted February 28, 2009 Share Posted February 28, 2009 Newcastle’s director of football going in the summer By MARTIN HARDY, 28/02/2009 DENNIS WISE will end his controversial stay as Newcastle’s executive director of football in the summer. Sport of the World has learned that the former Chelsea star is set to step down from his position at the end of the season. Wise’s appointment in January last year, just days after Kevin Keegan had completed a stunning return to power at St James’ Park, was ultimately a major factor in the departure that ripped the club apart. Owner Mike Ashley backed Wise, whose involvement in transfers infuriated Keegan and significantly diluted his powers. But Wise is now ready to leave his £1.2million-a-year position at Newcastle, despite being heavily involved in the club’s January transfer window negotiations. He set up deals for Albin Ebondo and Michael Johnson which fell through and was offered Peter Lovenkrands BEFORE Kinnear. He also tied up Ryan Taylor’s switch to the North East. Perilous His mandate has also been to develop the club’s academy and he has overseen an influx of overseas young talent. But he has remained a hugely unpopular figure at the club and he will leave by mutual consent. Despite the unrest, the Toon WILL stick to the same management structure that caused such annoyance with Keegan. Subject to medical clearance, Kinnear will return to the Newcastle hotseat, but with Wise’s impending departure, he could eventually be offered a similar role, allowing Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to take training. Ashley is bracing himself for a further £8 pay-out. He will have to pay former boss Keegan around £4m from his own pocket over his exit. Keegan had claimed £8m for constructive dismissal while Toon chiefs countered with a suit of their own for breach of contract, demanding £2m. But the club are seeking a quick settlement and hope to push through a package this week. Spirit But such is the perilous nature of the club’s finances that Ashley will have to fund the Keegan pay-out on his own. England striker Michael Owen will also be offered a new deal in the summer at significantly less than the £110,000-a-week he currently picks up, having already turned down a reduced three-year deal worth £12m. It is assumed he will spark a Bosman scramble but team-mate Nicky Butt last night said: “I still believe Michael could be staying. “Negotiations have stopped at the minute but it’s not like he’s going about saying he wants to leave. There could be a bit of a shock. He might stay.” Toon face Bolton today and Butt added: “We all have to stand up and be counted. We have the fighting spirit and the players to keep the club up.” Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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