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Last Updated: Friday, 5 March, 2004, 13:38 GMT
Wise saddened by Bates exit
Millwall player-boss and former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise
Football Focus
Saturday, 1210 GMT, BBC One
Former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise says he was disappointed by the manner of Ken Bates' departure from the West London club.

Bates brought an end to his 22 years at Chelsea earlier this week after being sidelined following Roman Abramovich's 140m takeover of the club.

"It is a sad moment because he has done wonderful things for Chelsea Football Club," Wise told Football Focus.

"He created that place and the way that he has gone is disappointing."

Wise added: "He's a wonderful man. He bought the club when it was in dire straits and he built it up to what it is.

"And now he has passed it on to someone who can bring it on further."

Wise won three FA Cups, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup with Chelsea to become their most successful captain.

The 37-year-old, now player-manager of First Division Millwall, will be hoping for more cup success when his side face Tranmere in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final.

"It's a good tie for us. We wanted to play at home, and we got that.

"But everyone is expecting us to win the game and that puts the pressure on us.

"I've had a look and them and they are a side that are very organised and get a lot of people behind the ball.

"They will make it very difficult for us, but it's up to us to break them down."

Millwall player-boss Dennis Wise
"Tranmere is a good tie for us"

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