Former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise has today been backed from 20/1 into 3/1 second favourite for the vacant Walsall job.
Wise had a prestigious playing career with Wimbledon and Chelsea winning the FA Cup three times, UEFA Cup Winners Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
Wise has the sixth highest appearances for Chelsea and is regarded as their second best ever captain. He played four-hundred and forty five times for Chelsea scoring seventy-six goals.
Wise has been out of management since 2008, since leaving Leeds United.
Wise began his managerial career with Millwall as player manager in 2003. He led them to their first FA Cup Final in 2004. He also led them into the UEFA Cup, they were knocked out in the First Round to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros. He left the club during the 2004/05 season after a new regime took over the club.
Swindon Town in 2006. With Gus Poyet as his assistant the Robins won six out of their first seven games leaving them top of League 2. Wise was given the manager of the month award but left Swindon a few months later with the club third in the table.
In 2007 Leeds United were relegated from the Championship following a ten points deduction. Wise remained at Elland Road under former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates but left the club in 2008 with the club 3rd in League 1. Wise left the Elland Road side to take up a role as executive director at Newcastle United under Walsall born chairman Mike Ashley.
Wise role at Newcastle was to identify youth players and youth managers around Europe to replace Kevin Keegan. Wise left his role at Newcastle in November 2009 stating “it had a damaging effect on his career”
Since leaving Newcastle in 2009 Dennis Wise has featured on Sky Sports and also on I’m A Celebrity. He was sixth to leave the jungle in December 2017.
There would never be a dull moment if Wise was to take over the club, however I doubt he would offer us the stability that we are craving for.