Former Newcastle United player, Kieron Dyer believes relegation was the best thing that could have happened to his former side, Newcastle United.

Kieron Dyer, who appeared 190 times for Newcastle United, found net 23 times for his team. He was part of the Bobby Robson side who brought Champions League football to Tyneside, but since departing in 2007, the club has spectacularly dropped from grace.

Nevertheless, since the appointment of Rafa Benitez, the positivity around the club has grown rapidly and it is approaching the good tenures of Robson and Kevin Keegan.

And when Benitez was rebuilding the team in the beginning in the Championship, Dyer believes that relegation was the best thing that could have happened to the club, foreseeing the team will get promoted and never come back down.

Having been asked on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Dyer said: “I think that it was the best thing that they (Newcastle) went down because they’ve now got a manager who will run the club. They will go straight back up and probably won’t go down ever again. I think Norwich and Newcastle will run away with the league.”

The 37-year old also discussed the former Newcastle and England manager, Kevin Keegan on the show. Talking whether England players get picked on reputation rather than form, Dyer accepted that he did not have such problems while Keegan was in charge of the national side.

“I think the problem with England, even when I was playing and still today, is it’s picked on reputation and not on form and it’s got to be a brave manager who breaks that mould,” Dyer said. “Kevin Keegan was one of those managers who were a bit off the cuff. If you trained well, he played you.”

Newcastle United is currently third on the Championship table with three points and a point behind Huddersfield and Norwich City respectively.

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