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Former Star – Newcastle In Good Hands Now – Success Assured

1:01 pm, Saturday, June 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Kieron Dyer played for Newcastle from July 1999, when he was signed by then manager Ruud Gullit for £6M from Ipswich Town, until 2007, when he moved to West Ham for £6M, after an injury filled time of things late in his Newcastle career.

He played 230 times with 28 goals for Newcastle in eight years and yet at West Ham, where he was injured nearly all the time, he played only 35 times in four years.

Kieron has been in Newcastle speaking at The Three Lions pub as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign.

Kieron Dyer Newcastle United

Kieron Dyer – during his Newcastle playing days

Carlsberg will be renaming some of the pubs to ‘The Three Lions’ across England in the build-up to the European Championships in France, which kicked off yesterday with France beating Romania 2-1.

England open their campaign tonight with a game against Russia.

The 37 year-old former midfielder seems to be upbeat on Newcastle’s future under Rafa Benitez.

This is what Kieron has said:

“Forget Benitez’s CV, I think the best thing about him is his stature in the game.”

“The club have had Alan Pardew, they’ve had Steve McClaren – they’ve had all these managers and yet the Chairman has still been in full control of running the football club.”

“I think one of the reasons I believe Benitez has stayed, or at least the gist of it that I get, is that Benitez has taken over because he will run the club from top to bottom.”

“He’s in charge of transfers, and the players that the club are bringing in are now the manager’s own players.”

“It’s all doom and gloom that Newcastle have gone down, but Newcastle are going to come straight back up.” “I am sure about that.”

“It’s all set in place now, with Benitez and even if future managers come in when Benitez goes at some stage, they’ll be running the club from top to bottom, and they’ll be buying the players.”

“Newcastle will never find themselves in relegation fights again if that’s the case.”

“All it has taken is a strong manager with a strong personality to say: ‘You know what, I ain’t taking the job if you’ve got some Director of Football or some scout buying me players.’”

“Benitez also happens to be a top-class manager on top of that as well, which helps massively.”

Surprisingly enough it’s not all doom and gloom t the moment after our relegation and things are a lot more positive then they were seven years ago when we were last relegated.

The club said nothing for about six weeks back in 2009, and the vacuum of no news was filled with all kinds of negative stuff.

That hasn’t happened this time around and new manager Rafa Benitez is trying to communicate regularly with the fans and tell them what’s going on.

And Kieron is right – Rafa has been given a fantastic opportunity at Newcastle – to effectively run the club from top to bottom  – it may be the best and biggest opportunity he’s had in his career.

He means to make a big success of it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Have to agree with Expat, Australia looked much the more mobile team, but poor discipline and kicking cost them in the end. Great entertainment though from both sides.

  • 2 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:11 PM


    Looking forward to the second test next week in Melbourne. Should be another cracker in Australuis sporting capital

  • 3 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Welshie, i’m going to be cheering your lads on later, looking forward to a good game. Quickly followed by England and another good game hopefully. This is my idea of heaven – not even in season and up to three games a day!

    Expat, the France game is worth catching up on, finished off with a stunner. Should’ve realised it would be silly o’clock over there. Chatting like this makes you kinda forget about the huge distances involved. 😉 We’ve got the Wales game at fiveish and the England match straight after. Before that there’s the Swiss game as well. Loving it. 😉

  • 4 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Welshie, just heard on the radio that Hennessey is out for your game. Who’s your other keeper?

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Yes expat it was going well until you pretty much insulted everyone who’s posted on here for the last couple of weeks, unfortunately there is a bit of shyte on here and we don’t need to be told off about it by you.

  • 6 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:20 PM


    Couldnt have been me. I havent been around for a few weeks.

    You speeading rumours again?

  • 7 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:22 PM


    We have the Swiss game on soon at 11pm here so I will probably watch that.

    I saw the french game highlights and thought Romania blew it….missed a couple of easy ones….canny goal to win it, mind you…..but what was with the tears?????? Maybe he is really Welsh…

  • 8 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    JFA…..Once again, your reputation for talking shyte precedes you and as for accusing me of insulting people……pot and kettle springs to mind……lol….you tosser

  • 9 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Expat, you sure you’re not a multiple? 😉 That’s the standard accusation on here. Right, gonna jump in the shower and then settle myself down for three matches on the belt. Hope you get to see the game later without having to stay up all night. This is certainly making the nightmare of the close season bearable. 😉 Later chaps, enjoy the games.

  • 10 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:31 PM


    Nope….ask my mate TUFF. He knows me well….lol

  • 11 Jib // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Whoop whoop !!!!

    First English test victory in Brizzie.

    Funny thing that !
    You cannot get an Ozzie passport with a black face unless you excel at sport !
    2 Faced racist tossers.

    The stuff you learn when abroad!

    The guy who paid a fortune to stop the English press from revealing his name in a 3 way – well he calls Sir Rod Stewart Sharon and he’s called Phyllis by SRS.

    De Gea has been under investigation by the Spanish police for kiddy fiddling for ages !

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