Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time to Give Up the Boos?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time to Give Up the Boos?

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

He has won praise from Graeme Souness and his team-mates, but is Kieron Dyer still facing up to a future away from St James's Park? Luke Edwards reports.

It is hard to believe, given the amount of column inches devoted to him, that Kieron Dyer's appearance at Crystal Palace was only his third start of the season and only his sixth in eight months.

But then no player has divided opinion on Tyneside as much Dyer. An England international who is a crucial cog in Newcastle's best side for some, a waste-of-space playboy with more money than sense for others.

Ever since the midfielder's row with Sir Bobby Robson on the eve of season was leaked out of Newcastle's training ground ( he told his manager he would not play on the right wing if you need a reminder ( Dyer's role at St James's Park has had more in common with a pantomime villain than a professional footballer.

How the muck has flown and how the boos have rung out ever since as a large section of the Newcastle faithful demanded he never appeared in United's colours again.

In one sense, his critics are right ( refusing to play for the team in a certain position is unacceptable.

But it is also the sort of training ground row which had happened countless times before and since Dyer's rant at football clubs up and down the country.

At Newcastle, two players, who shall remain nameless for fear of bringing them into somebody else's row, have, over the course of the past six months, refused to play in the position the manager has asked them to. The difference is, Dyer's incident became public knowledge.

That, of course, does not excuse it. His actions were stupid, selfish and sensational ( all the necessary ingredients, as Craig Bellamy pointed out after Saturday's victory, for a witch hunt.

Some supporters believe Dyer only justifies his big name reputation on occasions rather than throughout seasons. "What is the point of Kieron Dyer? …

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