Keegan Side-Steps Mort Appointment!

Last updated : 28 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Leeds manager Dennis Wise will join Newcastle's coaching staff after the two clubs have agreed a compensation fee.

The 41-year-old will depart Elland Road on Tuesday after preparing the side for their Coca-Cola League One clash at Southend.

When Kevin Keegan was asked why he went for Wise, the Toon boss side-stepped the question and replied: "You had better ask the chairman. He is due back Wednesday or Thursday."

Leeds United club statement: "We have agreed a compensation package with Newcastle for the services of our manager Dennis Wise and he will part company with the club on Tuesday, after completing the preparations for our game at Southend that evening.

"Newcastle had approached us for permission to speak with Dennis on Friday and since then things have happened very quickly.

"We will always be grateful to Dennis for the way he has turned things around at the club on the playing side and he goes with our best wishes for the future.

"We are not prepared to comment on the inevitable speculation that will now follow about who will replace Dennis. That is not the way we do our business at this club."