Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has backed the Red Devils to progress beyond the round of 16 of the Champions League after they drawn against Spanish side Sevilla. The Red Devils qualified for the knockout phase of the competition with relative ease after they won five of their six group stage outings.
Kieron Dyer has publicly criticized the wage structure at Tottenham Hotspur. The pundit provided real insight to what even supposedly top players earn at the club. He said the wages some professionals receive at the club was lower than what he received way back in 2002.
“I spoke to a Tottenham player towards the end of last season. He’s a full international, regular for his country and regular for his team. He told me what he was on wages wise and I was on more money than him at Newcastle in 2002.
Kieron Dyer has opened up about his on field punch-up with Lee Bowyer. The pair came to blows during a 3-0 home defeat against Aston Villa in 2005 when they heaped shame on Newcastle United. Dyer says that it was a personal insult aimed at Bowyer’s lack of ability that pushed him over the edge.
The former Toon star said: “We were playing the game, he came short and wanted the ball and I passed to someone else.
Brighton captain Bruno claims that Manchester City midfielder David Silva can expect a tough match when they face each other in the Premier League. Brighton will be hosting Manchester City at the American Express Community stadium on August 12, with the return leg in February.
The first game was expected to feature plenty of new names from City, after the club spent more than £ 200 million in revamping the squad over the summer. Some of the players who have already made a difference at the club are Kyle Walker and Ederson. However, they will be coming up against a Brighton team who have made their way up from the Championship through the automatic promotion spots. Read More
The Magpies have resumed training as part of their pre-season plans at Benton.
The manager Rafa Benitez is still hoping to get more players in as the team hopes to make it past this season on their return to top flight English football.
Benitez wants at least five to six Premier League standard players this summer to boost the ranks. The Spanish boss would be frustrated with happenings after he led the team to the Championship title months back. Chelsea star Christian Atsu joined for £6 million but Benitez wants much more and on time as well so the season plans can be laid out.
Newcastle were linked with Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January. However, now presents a good chance to land the England youth international. The Blues are not likely to hand the player game time this season so United are a decent side to get top level experience. Fellow new boys Brighton & Hove Albion are also keen on landing the player.
Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has also been rumoured to be on the radar of United. Gibbs wants more game time which Newcastle United can offer. He featured in just 11 league games last term. His £8 million valuation is also affordable considering the trainings he’s received, exposure and mentality. He also has a year left on his deal so it is a good deal for United. The big deal would be if the player would be ready to accept a pay cut when he moves to Tyneside.
Benitez is still chasing a former star Pepe Reina who is with Napoli. Other sides are reported to be interested in the player but Reina is keen on playing for Benitez again.
On the side, Charlton Athletic have confirmed the appointment of Lee Bowyer as the assistant manager. Hopefully he would not fall out with any player. His experience with Kieron Dyer should serve as a reminder.
Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark has said that the club would be ready for the Premier League next season.
The Magpies won the Championship title on the final day of the season though they had won promotion ahead. Clark insists that their recent relegation and subsequent promotion back into the tier 1 will ensure they are ready when the season restarts in August.
Rafa Benitez came on late last season but he has restored normalcy to the side. He is set to guide them to the new season as they return to the top flight.
Clark was part of the Aston Villa side that were confirmed relegated to the second tier after the 2015/2016 season. He says he learnt personally after moving to St James Park last summer. He sayd thee are “Exciting times ahead” as the team returns to playing against the best players in the best stadiums in the world.
“We will be ready. We will prepare well and be ready for the challenge,” he says.
He moved from his boyhood club after their relegation as he jumped ship to join Benitez. The Rep of Ireland international says he has loved his experience as the whole staff and players “worked so hard” to achieve the promotion.
A former Newcastle United star Kieron Dyer had prophesized the promotion, saying it was “the best thing” for the club. Was part of the Bobby Robson side that helped Newcastle to the Champions League. Since Benitez joined the club, there has been obvious changes and hope for the team. Dyer said it was good they got a manager like Benitez who would take care of the club and rebuild the foundations.
“They will go straight back up and probably won’t go down ever again,” he had said and it’s been true.
St Johnstone teammates Richard Foster and Danny Swanson were involved in an ugly bust up during the weekend.
This event sparked memories of the clash between Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer when the pair were teammates at Newcastle. This remains as one of the greatest examples of infighting within teammates. Then-Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas has opened up on the incident. He says that every Newcastle player were shocked at the incident, especially given that Dyer and Bowyer were good friends. Yet, he has once again plainly illustrated the intense stress that a player has to go through during every match.
Dyer and Bowyer were part of the team that was losing 3-0 against Aston Villa. After getting involved into a bust up, both players were sent off with a straight red card. It is an incident which has been spoken even now, despite more than a decade.
Dyer and Bowyer have since retired. The former has been unable to match his potential, as he has suffered numerous injuries throughout his career. Even though it was a heated incident, Jenas claims that the two players forgot about the issue within seconds. Recently, Kieron Dyer spoke about the Newcastle’s relegation from the top flight. He did not expect Newcastle to come back to the Premier League, although the club have made a strong presence in the Championship this season.
“It was done within seconds.We actually had a moment as soon as the game finished where we all came in to the changing room and we said ‘go on then, do what you need to do now’ in the middle of the changing room.It was a very weird situation because they were genuine friends, that’s why we were all baffled.But when the intensity of the game gets that high and you’re not playing that well, sometimes emotions overflow,” said Jenas.
Kieron Dyer said that the biggest regret of his career was to allow Bobby Robson to be sacked at Newcastle United.
He admitted that he had a great relationship with the Newcastle coach at this time and he said that he was wrong to get him sacked.
He stated that Sir Bobby Robson was always good to him and that they had a good working relationship. He said that the manager always seeks to protect him when he was not playing well and attacked by the media, but he feels that he was the culprit for letting him being sacked by the club.
Kieron Dyer said that he refused to follow the manager’s instructions to play in a particular position on the field and this is what caused a problem between him and the manager. He said that once he agreed to play, he did not give his best and ultimately he became the target of the media and the fans.
Instead of blaming him, Bobby Robson protected him and shielded him from negative comments. For Kieron Dyer, this is what caused Robson to be sacked as the manager of the team, and he feels that he could have helped the manager by playing better.
Kieron Dyer said that Sir Bobby Robson was the best manager that he has ever worked with and that he was great at managing people. He admitted that Sir Bobby Robson was not a great manager when it comes to tactics but he knows how to get the most out of his players.
For Kieron Dyer, this was the main reason why Newcastle United was able to challenge for European places at his time, and they were always getting great results against the better sides. He said that his only regret was not to help the manager keep his job.
Former Chelsea football player Wayne Bridge is in Australia not to play the round leather game but participate in hit TV programme I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here 2016.
The former Manchester City fullback follows in the steps of other former Premier League stars in partaking in this year’s series.
In the programme’s first episode, Bridge is seen skydiving out of a helicopter as he entered the jungle as part of the plans alongside other sport and showbiz stars. There are other football stars who have been invited in other television shows, and Rodney Marsh and Kieron Dyer are stars that have participated in the same one as Bridge.
Wayne Bridge retired from active football in 2014 after years playing at Man City, Chelsea, Southampton, and Reading, aside other loan deals. On the international scene, he featured in 36 games for the Three Lions until his retirement from international football.
Aside Marsh and Dyer, Nigerian John Fashanu, Neil Ruddock and Jimmy Bullard have appeared in other series of the same show in the past. Bridge would live on a campsite alongside the other stars as they complete tasks to earn food and rewards during their time there. The venue is Australia, and the stars are supervised from a distance as they try to live normally and entertain viewers.
Some other stars that starred in other television series include Robbie Savage who was on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Emile Heskey has been on Kids TV programme EMU-TV, Wayne Rooney on Street Striker, Danny Mills on Celebrity Masterchef, Rio Ferdinand in World Cup wind-ups, Dion Dublin in Homes Under The Hammer, Vinnie Jones has been on Celebrity Big Bother, Lee Sharpe on Celebrity Love Island, amongst many others.
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.