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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2006, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Wise tells players to get nasty
Leeds boss Dennis Wise and chairman Ken Bates
Wise has been reunited with former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates
Leeds United's new manager Dennis Wise has told his players to show their nasty side in their bid to arrest their dismal Championship run.

"They're down on confidence and I told them I wanted them to be the Leeds of old," said the 39-year-old.

"I want nastiness and togetherness and I've explained that to them. The fans get behind them and they're fantastic."

He confirmed that Kevin Nicholls had replaced Paul Butler as team captain, with Shaun Derry the new vice-captain.

The manager added: "It's important to have an up-and-coming player as the captain."

Wise arrives at Elland Road along with former Chelsea team-mate Gus Poyet in tow as his assistant.

The same combination were at Swindon before Leeds approached the League Two side with a view to acquiring the pair's services.

United are currently second from bottom in the Championship having picked up just 10 points from 13 games.

Wise revealed that Leeds' lowly status surprised him.

"They're a very talented bunch here and I said to the players I was bewildered by the side's position," he said.

"I think they understand what they're getting. I'll not be afraid to pull any punches. The important part is that you know what they want and I know what they want.

"I also need to look at what I've got and whether there are players who wish to be at the football club. I need to know who wants to stay and who wants to leave."

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