UK time is: 12:10:34
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Dennis Wise's STFC Stint Remembered

Roughly a year ago this time, Swindon Town were flying high in League 2 but popular boss Dennis Wise was already planning his exit from Wiltshire after less than 5 months in charge.

Wise had the Swindon players fitter than they had been in years. Players like Brezovan and Phil Smith who had been plucked from obscurity were blossoming for Town as well as the teams back 4 including new captain Ady Williams who joined Wise from Coventry City prior to the start of the 2006/07 season.

With Town winning their first 6 games and soaring at the top of League 2 opposing teams eyes were opening looking at the success that Town were enjoying under Wise` leadership.

Leeds United however, who were one of the favourites to get promoted back to the Premier League after losing in the playoff final to Watford, started off slow and shortly after the start of the season sacked manager Kevin Blackwell. Ken Bates who is the godfather of one of Dennis Wise`s kids soon was circling around the County Ground planning on taking good friend Wise from the County Ground to Elland Road.

According to an article in today`s Swindon Advertiser Wise demanded to fly to Monte Carlo to visit Bates and discuss the managerial job at Leeds United. General manager Mike Diamandis agreed and shortly thereafter an offer of 25K was made to Swindon but the club said "no deal" due to the amount being under the clubs valuation of Wise as a manager.

Leeds came back with an improved offer which was accepted. Dennis Wise along with Gus Poyet joined Leeds United and Town were left without a manager.

Fast forward to the end of the season Town hired the fantastic Paul Sturrock to lead Town to promotion whilst Dennis Wise got Leeds relegated to League One. How Ironic that Wise should return to the County Ground this season. Surly though it would be better to come back as a team that just got promoted and have that marked on your CV as opposed to being relegated.

Due to Wise` betrayal in leaving the club, Swindon fans now hate him for abandoning them and rate their hatred just behind that of Tommy Mooney who ran away to a little club down the A420, Oxford United.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: Aaron Hughes Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 19 2007

Time: 1:45PM

Your Comments

I still like Dennis Wise.
red_gilly
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Swindon Town Articles

Gladwin Signs Swindon Contract Extension (Tuesday December 16 2014)

BBC Lose Football League Highlights (Monday December 15 2014)

SkyBet League One Round Up (Saturday December 13 2014)

Stats: Notts County v Swindon Town (Saturday December 13 2014)

Power: Branco Wants To Leave Swindon (Saturday December 13 2014)

Nathan Thompson Fit For Notts County (Tuesday December 9 2014)

Swindon Confirm Christmas Shop Hours (Tuesday December 9 2014)

Archived Swindon Town Articles

List All Vital Swindon Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Bristol City 20 12 6 2 +18 42
2. Swindon 20 12 5 3 +19 41
3. MK Dons 19 11 5 3 +21 38
4. Preston 20 11 5 4 +13 38
5. Sheff Utd 20 9 5 6 +3 32
6. Rochdale 20 9 3 8 +11 30
7. Notts County 19 8 6 5 +5 30

Breaking League News

Christmas Cheer for Sky Blues?
Coventry : 19/12/2014 09:43:00
Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers - Match Officials
Doncaster : 19/12/2014 09:00:00
Former Man City and Man United duo on the agenda
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 22:10:00
Dickov in talks with Sheffield United for defender
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 22:00:00
Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers Team News
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 21:43:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Swindon Town Finally Win Promotion To The Championship This Season?
Suggested By:  
Yes 60%
No 40%