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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK
Wise given caretaker role
Dennis Wise will be assisted by Ray Wilkins
Wise teams up with Wilkins

Millwall have appointed Dennis Wise as caretaker player-manager following the departure of Mark McGhee.

Wise will be assisted by former England, Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins.

Wilkins, who also had a spell as a player at Millwall, was coach at Chelsea when Wise was captain of the Blues.

Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis said: "Dennis and I spent some time discussing the situation on Wednesday and I'm pleased that he has consented to take on this role, and that Ray has agreed to help.

"We want to take our time in finding the right man to do the job on a permanent basis, and I anticipate Dennis will be in charge for about four weeks."

Paphitis told the Millwall website: "Both Dennis and I have taken advantage of our friendship with Ray in asking him to help out during this transitional period, and we're grateful he has agreed to do so."

Dennis Wise will appear in week four of the new series which starts on 16 October

Speaking to BBC London 94.9, Wilkins said: "I'm really excited, and I'll certainly be giving it my all and assisting Dennis in anyway I can.

"Millwall have got a very talented squad and although they've slightly underachieved over the last few weeks, they are still eighth and there's no reason why they shouldn't be pressing on."

McGhee and his assistant Archie Knox left their posts earlier on Wednesday by mutual consent.

The controversial Wise joined Millwall last season after Leicester City terminated his contract in August 2002 following an incident on a pre-season tour in which team-mate Callum Davidson fractured his cheekbone.

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