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 – 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.