Lined up to rejoin his
former manager Jimmy Bloomfield at Leicestaer on the very day David Nish
left. Dennis cost about half the £ 250 000 fee City received.
Comparisons between left-backs, if invidious, were ineviteable, but
sound judgement saw that wat City had lost in sheer eleganase, they'd
gained in cheery enthusiasm and whole hearted vigour.
Dennis justifiably became a fixture in City's No 3 shirt, qucik into the
tackle and quick to augment the attack, and ws unlucky to win only one
England U.23 cap. The dressing room joker among City's Cockney colony of
the mid 70's, he faced his on field responsibillities, with dermined
seriousness and took the team captaincy when Frank McLintock arrived.
The majority of his small tally of goals remain utterly memorable, a
last minute solo waltz from the halfway line to clinch a 4-3 away win
over Birmingham, a flukey free kick from his own half that floated over
QPR's Phil Parkes, and a pair of hot shots at Swansea that hi, and
almost broke, the same stanchion.
Later, Dennis unfortunately misjudged the relative promotion potentials
of City and Chelsea when leaving for Stamford Bridge, but retunred to
the top flight at The Dell, where he remianed as coach until May 1991.
Then joining Bristol Rovers in a similar capacity. He found himself
quickly elevated (for a 14th month stint) to the manager's role.
Dennis also later coached at Stoke City, and in July 1995 returned to
Southampton. Way back at the start of his career, he had been converted
from inside forward to the full-back slot by Orient boss and fromer
wartime City goalkeeper Dick Graham, his Orient debut was as a scoring
substitute at Eastville in April 1968.
After his days on the coaching staff at Southampton, Dennis has been in
a number of postions working in Bahamas, for England youth and also a
period on the coaching staff at Bournemouth, where he also was in
temporary charge as manager back in 2012.