Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bates Wants Wise; [Pounds Sterling]10m Cash Plan for Wednesday and Millwall Boss Is on His Wish-List

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bates Wants Wise; [Pounds Sterling]10m Cash Plan for Wednesday and Millwall Boss Is on His Wish-List

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Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY;ADRIAN CURTIS

KEN BATES today declared that he wants to take over Shef field Wednesday and invest at least [pounds sterling]10million in the club.

Standard Sport understands that his dream plan would be to lure Dennis Wise from Millwall as manager of the struggling Second Division side.

The former Chelsea chairman refused to be drawn on the possibility of poaching Wise but hinted at a possible change to present boss Chris Turner should he become involved.

Bates said: "I don't know what to do about a manager, but I don't know a successful manager who played as a goalkeeper.

"As for Dennis, it's just speculation. I am great mates with him - I call him 'Wisey' and he calls me 'Batesy'. I'm going to his wedding in June he's got two kids so it's about time.

There are a number of options open."

Wise is under contract at The Den until the end of next season and new talks are planned for the summer.

Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis said today: "I am sure he would like Dennis but he is not getting him. Dennis is very happy where he is and he is staying with us."

At a press conference in Sheffield, Bates laid out his plans if he was to seize control of Wednesday, who, he claims, are [pounds sterling]26.5m in debt.

He revealed he had been approached by 14 other clubs, including Leeds, over the last few months but was particularly drawn to the Yorkshire outfit.

"I was approached by Leeds but was not interested for reasons I don't want to go into. I don't think Chelsea fans would have forgiven me for getting involved with them."

He added: "Sheffield Wednesday is a club I've always had an affinity with.

Twenty years ago Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday were head-to-head.

Chelsea are now in the Champions League, and look where Wednesday are.

"I'm 72 and I feel I've got one more challenge left in me, and I'd like to take on that here. …

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