Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Get Nasty, Says Wise

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Get Nasty, Says Wise

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New Leeds manager Dennis Wise wasted no time in stamping his authority on the ailing Yorkshire club and told sceptical fans he was now one of them - whether they liked it or not.

The former Chelsea midfielder, a player the Leeds fans used to love to hate, insisted he can get the club back to the Premiership and said he was ready to start wielding the axe in pursuit of success.

The no-nonsense 39-year-old revealed at a press conference where he and assistant Gus Poyet were introduced to the media that his first task was to strip Paul Butler of the team captaincy and hand the role to Kevin Nicholls.

Wise stated it was clearly evident from the Carling Cup defeat to Southend in midweek that the dressing room was not harmonious. But he was pleasantly surprised by the welcome he received from fans at Elland Road and insisted he had already put what had gone on in the past firmly behind him.

"I was expecting a couple of things to be launched at my head," Wise joked when asked about the crowd's reaction on Tuesday. …

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