Chelsea legend Dennis Wise explains why the club should NOT appoint Frank Lampard as manager

14 Jun

Dennis Wise has urged Frank Lampard to be patient and stay at Derby, rather than take the Chelsea job this summer.

Lampard is strong favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian set to be named Juventus boss imminently.

Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager

But Blues legend Wise, Lampard’s predecessor in Chelsea’s midfield, argues it’s too soon for his former team-mate to take such a huge step.

“I’m surprised, if I’m being honest,” Wise said to talkSPORT on Lampard’s links with the Blues.

“He did a good job getting them [Derby] into the play-offs. But getting to the play-off final and not going up isn’t good enough.

“In the last five seasons, they’ve been in the play-offs three times. It’s something they’ve done before.

“I think it would be good if he stays there. The expectation at Derby is to try and get them into the play-offs and get them up.

“The expectation of Chelsea is to get into the Champions League and try to win trophies against the best teams.

Dennis Wise spent 11 years at Chelsea

“That’s a big jump from Derby to Chelsea if it happens.”

Wise, however, would fully expect the Rams boss to accept the Chelsea job if he was offered it.

“It is a huge risk, but that’s what Frank’s about,” he added.


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“He’ll take that risk. He’ll want to have a go at it. He can say he’ll bring some youngsters through although he’s got the transfer ban.

“I don’t think it’s correct. I think he should be a bit patient. Lampard left five years ago and this is a different squad of players than when he left.

“They respect him as a player and as a person, but the first thing he’ll have to do is gain respect in a coaching capacity.

“There are other managers, he’s not the only one. But it seems like everyone wants Frank to get the job because he was such a wonderful player there.”

Top 10 player-managers in English football include legends from Chelsea, Liverpool and Rangers as Vincent Kompany takes up new role at Anderlecht

21 May

Vincent Kompany announced that he would be returning to his former club Anderlecht to be their player-manager over the weekend.

The centre-back signed out in style after 11 seasons with Manchester City by completing a domestic treble.

The 33-year-old now has the tough job of balancing two roles at the Belgium club.

Vincent Kompany won 10 major trophies during 11 seasons with Man City

It is something not seen too much in modern football with the Premier League’s last permanent player-manager being Gianluca Vialli in 1999.

Here are the top 10 as selected by

10. Attilio Lombardo – Crystal Palace, 1998

Lombardo joined Crystal Palace in 1997 from Juventus and was made player-manager in 1998 after Steve Coppell took the role of director of football.

Palace were relegated at the end of the season, although Lombardo initially stayed on under new manager Terry Venables.

He eventually returned to Italy in 1999 with Lazio but found himself back in England in 2010 as Roberto Mancini’s assistant at Manchester City.

Attilio Lombardo lasted less than a season with Crystal Palace

9. Dennis Wise – Millwall 2003-05

Wise was named as player-manager in 2003 when Mark McGhee left the club.

He led Millwall to their first ever FA Cup final in 2004, which they lost to Manchester United. They were the first team outside the top flight to reach the final since 1992.

Dennis Wise led Millwall to the FA Cup final

They also qualified for Europe but were knocked out at the first round by Hungarian champions Ferencvaros.

8. Steve Gritt and Alan Curbishley – Charlton, 1991-95

Gritt and Curbishley were named as joint player-managers in 1991 when Lennie Lawrence left the Addicks.

The pair laid the foundations for a successful future for the club as they returned to The Valley in that period and brought through youngsters like Lee Bowyer, Richard Rufus, John Robinson and Shaun Newton.

Curbishley took sole charge in 1995 and got them promoted to the Premier League, twice, and established Charlton as a top flight club.

Alan Curbishley and Steve Gritt were appointed as joint player-managers in 1991

7. Gordan Strachan – Coventry City, 1996-2001

Strachan arrived at Coventry from Leeds United in 1995 as a player-coach under Ron Atkinson. But after Atkinson took the job of director of football in 1996, Strachan took charge.

The Scottish midfielder ended his playing career in 1997 but remained in charge until 2001, shortly after Coventry were relegated from the Premier League.

He has since managed Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough.

Gordan Strachan was appointed as Coventry manager in 1996

6. John Toshack – Swansea City, 1978-84

After persistent fitness problems brought an end to his career at Liverpool, Toshack dropped down to the Fourth Division to take charge of Swansea and become the youngest manager in the league at 28-years-old.

Toshack hit the ground running with two successive promotions – the second of which was clinched courtesy of a goal from the boss himself – and then after a season of consolidation took Swansea into the top flight for the first time in their history in 1981.

Swansea lasted two seasons before suffering relegation and Toshack departed for a role at Sporting Lisbon.

John Toshack spent six seasons at Swansea City

5. Peter Reid – Manchester City, 1990-93

Reid was appointed as player-manager when Howard Kendall went back to Everton.

He guided City to two consecutive fifth place finishes, and one of those seasons saw them finish above rivals Manchester United.

In the inaugural Premier League campaign, City slipped down to ninth and he was sacked the next season following a poor start.

Peter Reid enjoyed early success as Man City player-manager

4. Ruud Gullit – Chelsea, 1996-98

The great Dutchman was the natural choice to replace Glenn Hoddle as he commanded great respect at Chelsea thanks to his illustrious achievements in the game.

He guided Chelsea to FA Cup success in 1997, their first trophy for 26 years, becoming the first foreign coach to win one of England’s major trophies.

He left in 1998 after a dispute with chairman Ken Bates.

Ruud Gullit replaced Glenn Hoddle at Chelsea

3. Gianluca Vialli – Chelsea 1996-1999

When Ruud Gullit left in 1998, the Blues continued their habit of handing senior players the top job by appointing Vialli, the player who had moved to London on a free transfer from Juventus in May 1996.

The Italian led Chelsea to double success in 1998 as they won the League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup as well as the FA Cup in 2000.

However, he was sacked shortly after the start of the 2000/01 season, despite winning the Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup.

Gianluca Vialli led Chelsea to three trophies during his spell as player-manager

2. Graeme Souness – Rangers, 1986-91

The Glasgow side brought Souness back to Britain following a two-year spell with Sampdoria and the Scotland international set about revolutionising football north of the border with some high-profile signings such as Terry Butcher and Trevor Steven.

He won the Scottish League title three times in 1987, 1989 and 1990 as well as the League Cup in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991. He left to succeed Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool in 1991, ending his playing career after taking the job at Anfield.

Graeme Souness won the league title three times with Rangers

1. Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool, 1985-1987

King Kenny was already one of the greatest players to don the Liverpool shirt having dazzled after arriving at the club as a replacement for Kevin Keegan in 1977, but in 1985 his hero-status took on a new dimension when he accepted the challenge of managing the club following the disaster at Heysel.

In his first full season in charge he won the league and FA Cup double, even underlining his status as a key player by scoring the goal to win the title against Chelsea and Stamford Bridge.

Kenny Dalglish won a league and FA Cup double in his first season as Liverpool player-manager

He remained in charge after hanging up his boots in 1987 and led Liverpool to league titles in 1988 and 1990 as well as the 1989 FA Cup. He announced his shock resignation in 1991 but returned as manager of Liverpool between 2011 and 2012.


Ryan Giggs – Manchester United caretaker player-manager, 2014

The United legend was appointed as player-coach under David Moyes but then was named interim coach when he was sacked in his first season.

He stopped playing at the end of the 2013/14 season but was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s assistant.

Ryan Giggs was interim player-manager when David Moyes was sacked

Garry Monk – Swansea caretaker player-manager, 2014

The defender was named as interim player-manager when Michael Laudrup was sacked in February 2014.

That season they reached the round of 32 in the Europa League and survived relegation from the Premier League.

He was appointed as permanent boss the following season but had hung up his boots by then.

Garry Monk took over from Michael Laudrup at Swansea

Leon Britton – Swansea caretaker player-manager, 2017

Britton took charge of two games for the club following Paul Clement’s sacking.

After a 5-0 defeat at Anfield in the second game, Carlos Carvalhal was named as the new manager.

Leon Britton was interim player-manager for just two games

Chelsea news: Dennis Wise ‘disgusted’ by recent abusive and anti-Semitic incidents and wants those responsible kicked out of football

19 Dec

Dennis Wise has been disgusted by recent incidents which have tarnished Chelsea’s reputation, and says those responsible must be kicked out of the club – and football altogether.

There have been a series of controversies involving the Blues in recent weeks, starting with the alleged racist abuse towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, with the west London side banning four fans pending further investigations into the claims as a result.

Chelsea legend Dennis Wise has been disgusted with the recent incidents
Wise says the club’s reputation has been tarnished because of this

That was followed by reports of offensive chanting during the Europa League match with Vidi.

Three supporters were also spoken to by police on the train for the same reason after the win over Brighton on Sunday.

Bruce Buck, the Chelsea chairman, penned an open letter to supporters on Tuesday to criticise an ‘unpleasant but vocal’ section of the club’s fans following recent abusive and anti-Semitic incidents.

Buck had earlier greeted supporters at the turnstiles before Sunday’s Premier League win at the Amex to warn them over their conduct and outline how to represent the club.

Raheem Sterling was the victim of alleged racial abuse at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago

And Wise, whose 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge saw him win two FA Cups, a League Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, has expressed his sadness at how the club is currently being perceived – while backing Buck’s hard-line approach.

Speaking with talkSPORT’s Jim White, he said: “It’s so right what Bruce Buck has come out with this week.

“This sort of thing really isn’t good for the football club, and football in general.

“It was a long, long time ago these things were happening on a regular occurrence and we don’t want to be seeing it.”

With the Blues under increased scrutiny following several incidents involving a minority of supporters, Wise issued a message of his own to the fanbase.

He added: “If you see anything like this happening make sure you report it straight away so we can get them out. 

“You don’t want these idiots tarnishing Chelsea Football Club anymore, it’s just disgusting.

“We want them out of the club and football in general.

“Your own players do not want to see you abusing the opposition’s ones.

“We don’t find it funny, I’ve been on the end of it and some of it really isn’t nice.

“So let’s cut it out now and move forward as a club together.”


FIFA Football Awards: Luka Modric wins best player prize, but in 2008 Newcastle didn’t even think he was good enough for the Premier League

24 Sep

Luka Modric saw off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win FIFA’s prestigious ‘Best’ award, hammering home his status as one of football’s top midfielders.

The 33-year-old playmaker has been a key man for both club and country over many years and won the gong at the star-studded event in London.

Modric won the 2018 World Cup Golden Ball, a trophy given to the best player in the competition

He was the best player at the World Cup where he captained Croatia to the final and has been the creative hub in Real Madrid’s three consecutive Champions League successes.

However, 10 years ago, Newcastle‘s head of player recruitment Tony Jimenez passed on the chance to buy him for reasons that left manager Kevin Keegan in shock.

In his new book, Keegan describes his return to the dugout at St James’ Park in 2008 and the circus that formed the club boardroom where Jimenez had a lot of influence. This is a man who, according to Keegan, revealed he had never heard of Per Mertesacker, then of Werder Bremen, during a discussion about potential transfer targets.

Keegan’s second stint at Newcastle didn’t even last a year

“At one point I took a call from Luka Modric’s agent to ask if I would be keen on signing the player from Dinamo Zagreb,” he wrote. “Modric had already been speaking to Spurs and his agent was honest enough to explain the move to White Hart Lane was likely to happen. Yet it was clear there might still be a chance to gazump that deal, otherwise the agent would never have bothered getting in touch.

“‘Mr Keegan, I’m a massive fan of yours and I’d very much like to discuss it with you,’ he said. Dinamo Zagreb wanted £16million and the wages were quite high, but it was still within our budget and, at 22, Modric had his best years ahead of him. He was exactly the kind of player I wanted to see in a black and white shirt.

Modric dazzled the Premier League with his displays for Tottenham between 2008 and 2012

“It was an opportunity to sign one of the outstanding young footballers in Europe and, to begin with, I was making decent inroads. I explained what a great club Newcastle was, how the supporters would adore Modric and how we were looking for someone to spark us off.

“Then Jimenez piped up. ‘Can I come in here?’ he said. ‘I don’t think Luka is good enough for the Premier League. He’s too lightweight. He’s decent, but he’s not good enough.’

“The agent looked shocked. ‘What do you mean?’ he asked. ‘Are you saying my player is not strong enough? Luka’s a very strong boy, I can assure you.’ ‘That’s exactly what I mean,’ Jimenez continued.”

The Magpies’ loss was Tottenham‘s gain and fans loved the little genius during the four years they shared together. His displays eventually saw Real Madrid part with £33m to take him to Spain in 2012. There he has won La Liga and been on the winning side in four Champions League finals.

Luka Modric has won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid

Hilarious Vinnie Jones story about the time he and Dennis Wise stole Chelsea assistant manager Stan Ternent’s passport

10 Sep

Vinnie Jones has regaled talkSPORT with another of his brilliant stories, this time involving Dennis Wise, a stolen passport and an empty hotel room.

Vinnie spoke to Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and revealed the tale which was set on a golf trip taken to Spain while the famous hardman was playing for Chelsea.

Jones spent just over a year with Chelsea

Blues team-mate Wise had a fall-out with Stan Ternent, then assistant manager to the club’s boss Ian Porterfield, and that is where Vinnie’s story begins.

“We were out in Spain doing some training and Stan Ternent and Wisey had a real bad fall-out,” he says “It nearly came to blows and Stan told him to clear off. So he’s cleared off and we’ve carried on training and finished.

“But we’ve all got to have a dinner that night.

“So we’ve gone to have dinner with management and all the lads there…and Stan and Wisey are still going at it.

“Wisey tips the table up and storms out the restaurant. So Stan comes over and says ‘you better go sort your mate out or he can get a flight home’.

“I’ve gone back and Wisey’s in the bar at the hotel and I’ve told him he’s got to calm down. He said ‘nah, he’s out of order’.

“So I replied ‘let’s go and do his room then and get our own back’.

“So we go up to reception and say ‘it’s Mr Ternent … I’ve lost my key. Give me a key for the room’.

“So he’s given me a key and he’s also given me Stan’s passport, because we gave them in all. So Wisey’s eyes have lit up, and I can’t let him have it because he just wants to rip it up.

“So we’ve gone up to Stan’s room and gone in, and every mortal thing in the room we’ve put on the balcony – anything that was not screwed down.

“We’ve done the telly, the bed, all his clothes, the sideboards… every mortal thing has gone on the balcony. Then we closed the curtains.

“We got back down the bar and are having a drink when Stan comes in with the boys and Gwyn Williams. He’s feeling a bit cocky because he’s had a couple of drinks, and he says he’s going to the casino.

“He asks for his passport and the bloke goes to the back and comes out and gives Gwyn his, but says ‘Mr Ternent there’s no passport’. Stan has gone absolutely nuts!.

“This has gone on for about 20 minutes and me and Wisey are sitting there giggling – and Wisey’s obviously sitting on the passport.

Wise was Chelsea’s most successful captain until John Terry’s trophy-laden career

“Stan’s called security and they’ve come, and management have come – the whole lot. The manager has said he’ll look in his room, and our eyes have lit up.

“Two days before we had been warned we’d be thrown out the hotel as well… this was like the final straw.

“So as they’re going to go up in the lift Stan said to the security ‘those two are coming as well’. So they’ve hauled us up and we go in knowing what’s going to happen.

“They’ve opened the door and there’s nothing in there whatsoever, and they’ve gone absolutely mental!

“They said ‘you’re out of the hotel!’, but Stan said he’d sort it out. He asked where all the gear was and we opened the balcony and the manager has gone absolutely nuts – he wants to kick us out.

“Stan said ‘we’ll get the passport back as one of them has got it’, so we gave the passport back, but he went ‘I want you two to put all my gear back’.

“And while he’s done that Stan’s ordered three beers, and he’s got a cigarette going on the balcony drinking his three beers while me and Wisey are putting all his stuff back in the room.

“We stayed in the hotel for two more nights!’

You can listen to Vinnie’s full story, told on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, above…