Kieron Dyer was at Newcastle from 1999 through 20007, and he played 250 games and scored 36 goals for the Magpies, but he never did fulfill the massive potential he had when he signed from Ipswich Town back in the summer of 1999, when Ruud Gullit was still the Newcastle manager, and just before he was finally fired and Bobby Robson was brought in.
Kieron Dyer – while at Newcastle
And when he left Newcastle injuries blighted his career at clubs like West Ham, QPR and Middlesbrough, and his injury ravaged career came to an end in the summer, when he announced his retirement.
But Kieron did have the pleasure of playing for one of the best ever British managers in Sir Bobby Robson, and of course Bobby had his success because of the way he could inspire players to play at or near their very best – it wasn’t all about tactics with Bobby – it was about getting the best out of the players he had at his disposal.
And he always did that quite brilliantly – and that’s always the main measure of any manager.
This is what Kieron has said in the Evening Chronicle today:
“He knew how to deal with all of the players.” “Sir Bob managed real legends in the game.” “He managed them all, not just us. Romario, Stoichkov, Ronaldo, Figo, Guardiola, van Nistelrooy, Gazza and Shearer – all of the big names.”
“You don’t hear any player have a bad word to say about him. That is testament to him.” “In football it is very hard to keep whole squads happy, but everyone loves Bobby.”
“That is how he was as a manager.” “I had my injury problems while at Newcastle but I still played a heck of a lot of games up there.” “I signed for West Ham and broke my leg and it was all down hill from there.”
“Newcastle was the high point for me – but not just for me, for a lot of the players from that time.” “We were playing great football and we were in the Champions League up against Inter Milan an Barcelona.”
“If we were not in the Champions League we were in the UEFA Cup and we reached the latter stages.” “They were exciting times for us.”
They were exciting times indeed, and with the former greats returning to Newcastle almost two weeks ago for Steve Harper’s testimonial, a lot of us wonder when those great times will ever return.
The incomparable Bobby Robson
Dyer is one of the many players who left Newcastle, and never did as well at his other clubs, and it’s strange how often that is the case with top players who decide to leave the club for one reason or another.
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