Crock Kieran Dyer Encouraged To Retire


Since Kieron Dyer left Newcastle for West Ham United in August 2007, the player has hardly played for the London side.

Kieran Dyer – played 18 times for the Hammers – in 30 months

Kieran never had a good injury record at Newcastle, and when he was sold to West Ham on a four year deal for £6M, most Newcastle fans though that was a good deal for the club.

New West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan wants Kieron Dyer to retire from football, presumably because he is also injured.

New West Ham Co-Chairman David Sullivan talked to the Daily Telegraph today:

“There is one player who hardly plays at all who might have to accept retirement.”

“We have to cut some overheads, staff who are on the administration side and support staff for the team and work down the contracts we have inherited which are terrible.”

“We cannot rip them up under Football League rules, you are stuck with these contracts. We have to let them run down or do deals with players.”

We see quite a few football players just seeing out their contracts today, even though they are either not in the first team or continually injured – like Kieron.

Of course that’s their legal right, but there’s also an ethics problem – that if you cannot do what you are being paid for – should you keep talking the money.

We’ll see what happens with Kieran.

From 1999, when he was signed by Ruud Gullit, until 2007, Kieron played 250 times for Newcastle and scored 36 goals.

In his career, Dyer’s played 380 games and scored 48 goals, while playing at Ipswich, Newcastle and West Ham.

Kieron also played 33 times for England.

Another Newcastle player, Jonathan Woodgate seems to be in a similar position at  Tottenham, and he hasn’t played this season, and Spurs are not sure how to fix his latest injury.

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18 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Woodgate has played this season. 3 times in fact!

    Terrible though. And Dyer ought to retire if he can’t get himself fit. He must be costing them millions a year for nothing in return.

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  • Darling27

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    At least it’s not our problem anymore. Same goes for Woodgate.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    But how many of us wanted woodgate back and lambasted the owner for not shelling out the extra bucks.

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  • listie

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Charlietoon – spot on mate, I remember that well

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    I have to say I was shocked when Dyer was shipped out to West Ham because he had just had his best season for us, but since his move it certainly looks like the best bit of outward going business (ever?) done by newcastle.

    we should sign him back up on a pay per play contract!

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  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    kieron – please dont retire keep taking the money off those two scum bags david & david.

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  • tdt

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    its a shame because they are both good players.

    Employment law prevents the clubs from disolving the contracts, but they should look to pay them off at less cost than running down the contracts. Or they could just sack them, and if they go to court the clubs could argue the players could not perform their contractual obligations, therefore frustrating the contract and allowing termination to occur.

    You’d think clubs would employ lawyers to tell them these things.

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  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Dear God !

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    My heart bleeds for Dyer if he has to retire.
    Useless P.O.S.
    I hope when he does retire Sir Bobby chuckles to himself in the heaven’s-nothing but a jumped up,arrogant twat!

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Although he’s a bit of a bling merchant I have a lot of time for Dyer. He really did work so hard to get fit for us and when he snapped his leg in his first few games at West Ham it must have been soul-destroying.

    Same applies but more so for Woodgate. Nice guy and one of the best defenders ever to wear black and white.

    At least they’ve got a retirement fund, but it must be a miserable time for them. Money doesn’t really help that (contrary to popular delusion)

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  • batty

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    hang on in there kieron bleed them dry son

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  • derekm

    Feb 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Sir Bobby god bless his soul knew a good player when he saw one and Dyer was definitely in that category. Kieron could run WITH the ball faster than some players without it – a rare gift.
    personally if both Dyer and Woodgate had not got injured we would beyond a shadow of a doubt have won the UEFA cup – Dyer was tearing teams to bits and Woodgate had Drogba in his pocket in the first leg against Marseille – the now Chelsea player ran us ragged in the return with Woody out.
    The biggest loss to the game is Woodgate – he is to say the least a bit of a loose cannon and if he possessed a better character and a stronger body for me he would have been up there with the Bobby Moores of this world.

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  • Elfy_Toon

    Feb 4, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #13

    sad career for such a talented player, just needed a better body and attitude and would have been up there in terms of great players. same for woodgate (and king for that matter), fantastic players that have the talent but cant stay fit for one reason or another. charlietoon, true i was one of those begging to get woodgate in and tbf id still take both of these back on a pay-as-you-play-contract as both can still deliver the goods when they do play.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 4, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t remind me of that UEFA match. Still hurts.

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  • Sav

    Feb 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #15

    If he had had a better attitude,I might have some sympathy. But it sucked.
    He had every opportunity and bit every hand that fed him, especially Sir Bobby’s.
    Selling to West Ham for that money was pure genius.
    Funny to think of him retiring before he grows up.

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  • Johno Toon

    Feb 4, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Just talking about Woodgate I heard a rumor ( a long time ago by the way ) that when he left us for Real he had a massive drug problem and the reason he didnt play for Real for a long time is because he is in rehab, anyone know if this is true or not?

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  • B120WNY

    Feb 4, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Hang on a minute, as much as I didnt like Dyers attitude, when he stepped on the pitch for Newcastle, he did a good job, more often than not.
    And thats just it, playing football is his job. He was injured whilst doing his job, for his employers, West Ham Utd. Hes well entitled to every penny of his contract.
    How would you feel if your employer tried to sack you whilst you were at home injured from an accident youd sustained whilst at work?
    If I was him, Id still try to get fit and play football, hes still got all of next season to play for.

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  • Chris F

    Feb 4, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #18

    i would’ve had woodgate back in a heartbeat and have no problem admitting that.

    yes, he’s had a shocking time at tottenham the last couple of seasons, but his record at middlebrough wasn’t terrible iirc, so who’s to say it isn’t just bad luck? just because he’s injured at spurs doesn’t mean he would’ve had the same problems if he’d come back to us, after all.

    just look at owen, barely had a scratch since joining man u after all his problems when at nufc.

    of course, given the amount of activity he seems to get, the worst injury he could probably get atm is a splinter in his arse cheek.

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