A Wise move?

Chelsea legend keen on getting back in the dugout

Last Updated: 18/08/12 1:05pm

Dennis Wise told Soccer AM that he is itching to return to football management.

"I want to get back into it now. I've done some sessions at Watford and at Chelsea and I really enjoyed getting involved."

Dennis Wise

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Wise left the Leeds hotseat in January 2008 for an ill-fated spell as Newcastle's Executive Director of Football and has not been seen in the dugout since.

However, the former midfielder says he has been re-energised after taking part in some training sessions at Chelsea and Watford and would be willing to don his tracksuit again if the right offer came in.

"I want to get back into it now, I really do," said Wise, whose playing career encompassed spells at the likes of Wimbledon and Millwall as well as his long stint at Stamford Bridge.

"I've been out for quite a while but I've done a bit of training with Gus [Poyet] at Brighton and did some sessions at Watford and at Chelsea and I really enjoyed getting involved.

Time off

"I started at Millwall and Swindon and went to Leeds before I went up to Newcastle - which was a nightmare - but it depends what comes up and whether it suits you."

Wise continued: "Coaching and management is 24/7, so after Newcastle I wanted to take a bit of time off with the kids and see them grow up - my son Henry is at QPR now and it is nice to go and watch him play."

Wise also praised his former Chelsea team-mate Roberto di Matteo for galvanising the Londoners in the wake of Andre Villas-Boas' departure last term and guiding them to the Champions League crown.

The 45-year-old revealed his delight that di Matteo was eventually handed the managerial reins on a permanent basis.

But he warned Blues fans that despite the summer arrivals of some eye-catching players, the Italian may not play scintillating football all of the time.


Reflecting on di Matteo's impact at Stamford Bridge, Wise said: "Napoli [in the Champions League last-16] is where it all changed.

"It was such an exciting game but Chelsea got through and you could see everything falling into place, including Robbie's substitutions.

"I was amazed Chelsea waited so long to give the job to Robbie but I was chuffed for him; I was in Barbados with him before the announcement and he was hoping to get it."

Wise added: "New signings Oscar, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard are very creative and that's what Robbie wants to look at - he wants to play exciting football.

"But it doesn't always happen like that and sometimes you have play on the counter as Chelsea had to do against Barcelona and Bayern Munich last year because they were two of the best clubs in the world."