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By ESPN Staff
May 22, 2006

Wise unveiled as new manager of Swindon

Newly appointed Swindon manager Dennis Wise and assistant Gustavo Poyet are ready to renew their playing partnership, but they are hoping the other Robins players keep them out of the side.

Wise and Poyet, who were formerly team-mates at Chelsea, have taken charge at the County Ground where Swindon suffered the ignominy of relegation into League Two at the end of last season.

And the 39-year-old Wise confirmed he and ex-Uruguay international Poyet, who have signed three-year contracts, have also registered as players.

Wise said: 'Gus and I will lace our boots up if needed but hopefully the boys who are already here will be able to keep us out of the team.

'I've got to give the lads who are already here a chance and after their relegation I'd imagine they're champing at the bit to prove a few things to a few people and get themselves back up after relegation.

'They'll all have a chance to prove themselves but the squad isn't going to be massive and that's another reason why Gus and I should be available to play.''

Former England midfielder Wise, who ended last season at Coventry is relishing the challenge of lower-league football.

He added: 'We've both played international football and we've both played in the top flight so you could argue it's a long way down from there to League Two.

'Could Tuesday nights at Accrington Stanley don't bother me at all. I remember when I was at Chelsea we played at Grimsby on a mid-winter night and on a pitch that was sheet ice, so Accrington and places like that don't bother me.''

And Wise warned his Robins charges his reign at the club would open with the squads being recalled early for pre-season training. He said: 'We're going to get the players back slightly earlier because we want to have a good look at them.

'I hope they're already looking forward to the season and ready to work extremely hard in pre-season because I want my team to be strong physically and strong mentally.

'When we were at Chelsea, I used to tell Gianfranco Zola there were two types of players - racehorses and donkeys.

'Players like little Franco and Gus are the racehorses because they're the ones with the talent while people like me are the donkeys because we do all the hard work before they stick the ball in the net.

'But there's a place in football for hard work.''

Poyet has returned to England from Uruguay where he headed a football project working with teenage footballers.

And the 38-year-old said: 'I'm delighted to be here but I've got a lot of learning to do.

'It's always been an ambition of mine to move into coaching although after working with one or two managers in the past, I did start to have second thoughts.

'Dennis and I have stayed in touch since I left England and this is a great opportunity for me.'