Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Wise Kicks off with Change of Captain

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Wise Kicks off with Change of Captain

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Byline: By Mark Walker

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 take 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 former Sunderland defender 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.

"But no, it was very nice of them to give me a clap and a cheer.

"No matter about the past. I'm here to try to do a job and achieve something for Leeds United Football Club and I'll give them as much as I can give them.

"I'm not very tall, but I'll give them everything I've got."

Wise, who guided Millwall to the FA Cup final in 2004 and steered Swindon to third place in the Coca-Cola League Two table when he answered Leeds chairman Ken Bates' SOS, said the players were in desperate need of a boost.

"They do need confidence, that's important and they need to be together, they need to be in it together - that's the most important part," said Wise.

"Having watched the last game they're not quite together as a bunch and are not organised.

Looking at the Southend game you could see that some things were wrong and they need to change.

"We're here with different ideas and to do things we think are right and will get us out of trouble."

When asked if the players were in for a shock, Wise was interrupted by Bates who said: "I think they have had that already. …

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