Wise reports to me, insists Newcastle boss Keegan
Kevin Keegan has no problems with the arrival of Dennis Wise on Tyneside - but maintains he is the boss at Newcastle United.
Former Leeds manager Wise has agreed to take up the role of executive director (football) at St James' Park as the Magpies made three senior appointments on Tuesday - when businessman Tony Jimenez and former Real Madrid international scout Jeff Vetere also joined the north-east club as vice-president (player recruitment) and technical co-ordinator respectively.
Chairman Chris Mort was quick to stress Wise, 41, will have no day-to-day involvement with the playing squad but will instead concentrate on assisting the board on football matters - including player recruitment and the development of the Academy.
It is a policy which Keegan welcomes, and believes can bode well for the future of Newcastle - if implemented correctly.
The Magpies went down 3-0 at Arsenal on Tuesday night, in their second visit to the Emirates Stadium in the space of week - with Wise watching from the directors' box.
It is a result which leaves Newcastle only seven points off the Premier League relegation places, and in desperate need of a confidence boost following a wretched run of results.
Keegan, though, did not shirk from fronting the inevitable questions about Wise's new role - in his post-match press conference.
'I am all for the changes and I approve of them,' said the former England manager, who earlier this month made an unexpected but welcome return to Tyneside for a second spell in charge.
'They want someone on the board who understands football, and Dennis knows very well. I think it will work very well. He reports to me - the chain is established.'
Keegan has a grand plan for his second coming with the Magpies.
'My concentration is on the first team and getting the club right,' he spelled out.
'The club has become slightly fragmented. From my point of view, it's a positive thing - provided I get all the help I need.'
Keegan maintains he has no problem with the appointment process, which represents the latest phase of owner Mike Ashley's efforts to restructure the club he bought in a £134.4million takeover last summer.
'I had a chat with Dennis and I knew that he was in the frame for the job. That was in place before I joined the club, and it would have happened regardless. It's been very open in that sense,' the manager continued.
'I know what Dennis is going to do, and the idea in principle is good - to look for new players, to bring youngsters through and do things which our academy isn't doing so much at the moment.'
Keegan, though, knows the fortunes of the north-east club are not set for a quick fix.
He said: 'Our fans have common sense and they know it won't happen overnight. Things take time.
'Sometimes there's an 'uplift' with a new manager. But our fixtures have been tough, and we could have played much better against Arsenal and been beaten.
'Some of these players aren't used to getting beat(en). We have guys who are used to winning things, and they need picking up.
'We have to get a win from somewhere - and I hope it will be against Middlesbrough on Sunday.'
Keegan also confirmed Newcastle will not be pursuing interest in highly-rated 19-year-old Derby midfielder Giles Barnes, for the time being at least.
He said: 'If we could have got two of the players of the quality we wanted, which was the original intention, then you slide in someone like Barnes - one really for the future.
'But I do not think we will do it in this transfer window.
'We may do three or four of those in the summer - that is what this new set-up is about.
'It could be a very interesting club to be at. I think it will be.'