Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dyer: I Still Feel Guilty over Sacking of Sir Bobby; EX-TOON SCHEMER KIERON FULL OF REGRET FOR BUST-UP WITH ROBSON

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dyer: I Still Feel Guilty over Sacking of Sir Bobby; EX-TOON SCHEMER KIERON FULL OF REGRET FOR BUST-UP WITH ROBSON

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KIERON Dyer has revealed he still has a guilty conscience about the way Sir Bobby Robson's time as Newcastle United boss came to an end.

The legendary Toon manager was sacked by Freddy Shepherd after a bad start to the 2004/05 season just months after failing to qualify for the Champions League with the Magpies.

Dyer had refused to play left-wing against Middlesbrough in 2004 and his team could only pick up a 2-2 draw at the Riverside, meaning Robson was under immediate pressure at the start of his last campaign in charge of United.

A training-ground argument had also been captured on camera by the media, Dyer admitting he was trying to dictate which position to play in.

He said he felt he was the one who sparked the chain of events which led to Robson being sacked.

Dyer said: "Yeah I do. We played Boro and he wanted me to play left-wing and I did not want to play there because my head had gone.

"My reasons were that earlier in pre-season another player was basically pleading not to play left-wing.

"I ended up playing there instead because it was in a friendly and the buzzer had sounded to go out for the second half.

"Everybody else seemed to get to pick where they wanted to play and we had just signed James Milner.

"Then five games later the manger was sacked.

"I always to this day take full responsibility.

"Even when it broke in the paper (about the argument) he was still wanting to protect me."

I always and think played game and won he kept Kieron Dyer stayed at Newcastle and played under Graeme Souness and then Glenn Roeder, but he said Robson continued to show his human qualities even after his controversial exit.

He added: "He would still ring me up and still have chats.

"We had a father-and-son relationship but it did not make things easier.

"I always look back and think if I had played the Boro game and we had won he might have kept his job. …

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