Kieron Dyer was at Newcastle when the late Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman.
And with Sir Bobby Robson leading the club for five years we were in the Champions League and in the top five of the Premier League three times in a row.
That was before Sir Bobby was fired for only finishing 5th back in 2004.
Kieron says Newcastle United “punched its weight” under Freddy Shepherd, and that’s unlike the club under Mike Ashley, which has seen us relegated twice and now fighting another relegation battle.
Kieron Dyer – in his playing days at Newcastle
Kieron has given us his ideas about football in his autobiography “Old too soon, smart too late.”
That title is apt and accurate and would reflect a lot of our lives.
Here’s some of what he has said about Newcastle as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Despite the run-ins I had with him and the trouble I caused him, I always liked Freddy.”
“The fans gave him stick from time to time, but he genuinely loved the club and he put his money where his mouth was.”
“Newcastle is a big club and he made sure there were times during his tenure when it punched its weight,”
“It’s been hard to say that under Mike Ashley.”
The late Freddy Shepherd was born and bred in Newcastle and was a Newcastle supporter through and through, and he ran the club from that background.
Freddy was proud of the club – just like the rest of us.
Kieron has his new book out, and it’s available for sale now – below is the cover.