Wise Set To Leave For Newcastle Role?
However, Ken Bates is unlikely to let Wise, a close friend, go without a fight, with the Whites in a good position for promotion from League One despite starting the season with a 15-point deduction.
The Mail states a well-placed source claims Wise is the man Ashley wants, ahead of more experienced coaches like Gerard Houllier.
The job would give Wise massive responsibility and would give Ashley a decent caretaker, or replacement, if Keegan were to make a sudden decision to walk away, as is his want.
The key man in the Wise story is Tony Jimenez, a property dealer and football Mr Fixit who first came to public attention when The Mail On Sunday revealed his crucial role in Tottenham's capture of Juande Ramos.