The byline of Wise

This week the full line up for annual TV extravaganza that is “I’m Celebrity – get me out of here!” was announced. Or as some may call it, “I can’t believe it is still getting commissioned, who else is left to appoint?”


I haven’t watched the show regularly in a long time, save the odd episode, and it’s a format that works and I assume, provides ITV with a lot of column inches with the more outrageous the participant. While it lacks Big Brother’s amateur talent, it doesn’t require the talent-learning that Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Masterchef or Dancing On Ice demand.


However among this week’s new crop of jungle guests was former footballer Dennis Wise. In a couple of articles that I read, Wise was described as a “football hard nut”. Now he may have been a hard tackler, but what bothered me was this is a former England international, two-time player of the year for Chelsea, three time FA cup winner and winner of the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners Cup.


I’m no big fan of Wise, but to have your career summed up as “hard nut” for those who are possibly not aware of his career, is a great shame upon him and his career. After all, was a part of the 1988 Wimbledon side who shocked Liverpool with a win, he’s a former manager of Millwall (and less to say about spells at Leeds United and Newcastle).


We all become a byline in the pages of history eventually, but to categorise him simply as a hard nut, is a shame as far as I am concerned.


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