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Three players, 13 games and one goal - Newcastle United's previous director of football

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We take a look at the reign of Dennis Wise at St James Park.

Perhaps considering the limited success of their previous director of football there is little doubt why many a Newcastle United fan is sceptical over the return of Je Kinnear in the upstairs role.

Previously the title went to former Chelsea player and Millwall manager Dennis Wise. He had decided to take up a role upstairs rather than in the dug-out after the fallout of Gus Poyet’s decision to leave his side at Leeds United.

But his time at St James Park was a disaster.

He was seen at Stamford Bridge more regularly then he was on Tyneside and when April rolled around and The Toon looked doomed; he abandoned ship rather than go down with it.

And his actions in the transfer market were not much more helpful.

The likes of Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Guiterrez and Sebastian Bassong may have all arrived during his tenure but these were not his targets if you believe what you read.

In the end all three became popular players at St James Park despite ropey starts.

The three players that will however be remembered more often than not for Wise’s reign at the club will always be Nacho Gonzalez, Xisco and Lamine Diatta.

Diatta was Wise’s first senior team signing. Brought in as defensive cover from Besiktas he played just two games and was promptly released.

Since then his career has seen him take in Qatar and Tunisia via South Lanarkshire with Hamilton before finishing his career with Doncaster Rovers; all highlighting the poor judgement used to snap up the player.

Then there is Nacho Gonzalez. Reportedly Wise only saw him play on You Tube and then made the signing without the express permission of Kevin Keegan; the then Newcastle manager.

The deal led to Keegan seeking damages successfully over the deal; which was done as a favour to two important South American agents.

Gonzalez also only played twice for the club.

Then there is Xisco. The striker has been incredibly linked with a move back to England this summer after a good six month stint with Cordoba in his homeland.

However the Spaniard’s time on the Tyne was not so joyful. Despite a debut strike he only featured nine times in the league and the £5.7 million man spent most of his five years the club injured or out on loan.

The only positive to take from all of this has to be; surely Kinnear cannot do a worse job than Wise.

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