Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stan Warns Ref over 'Motormouth' Wise

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stan Warns Ref over 'Motormouth' Wise

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STAN TERNENT didn't hear Dennis Wise pause for breath in their two years together at Chelsea and is certain the famous mouth will still be on autopilot when they meet again in the FA Cup fifthround tomorrow.

In fact, Ternent is so aware of Wise's non-stop verbal prowess, he has appealed to referee Howard Webb to be on his guard when Burnley meet Millwall at The Den.

"My main worry is Dennis trying to run the game by influencing the referee," said Ternent, who befriended players such as Ian Wright, Mark Bright and Vinnie Jones as first-team coach of Crystal Palace and then Chelsea between 1989 and 1992.

"The referee has to be strong with Wisey because he will be on at him all the time. I don't want that, particularly at their place. He will try to run the match, don't worry about that."

Ternent views Wise as a favourite nephew even though the player used to drive him barmy when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 1991 to work as Ian Porterfield's assistant.

He chuckles now at the thought of Millwall's young Lions exasperating their 37-year-old player-manager as Wise used to wind him up.

But after watching Wise give a football masterclass at Telford on Wednesday night, he is also aware of the creative and destructive threat he still poses on the pitch.

"Dennis was outstanding but it shouldn't be that much of a surprise. He has played for England and been to cup finals with Chelsea.

"He is still single-minded in what he wants. I will have to give three pairs of shinpads to whichever one of our lads I send out to mark him on Saturday."

Life was never dull for Ternent with Wise around at Chelsea. On his very first day at the club's Harlington training ground, the new coach penalised Wise for a foul in a practice match - and was astonished when the player booted the ball away and refused to collect it.

"I walked away from the training pitch," said Ternent.

"It's true Dennis could be an absolute nightmare but at the same time I think he's a fantastic person and I love him to death.

"He's married now with a son and I and had a baby girl in January. …

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