Last updated : 19 August 2004 By Editor
Kieron Dyer was roundly booed by the Newcastle support at England’s game last night, no sympathy here. It’s amazing it’s been reported though, seeing as the press were always deaf to it occurring to United players in the past.

From the Mirror:

“FOR Sale: Little Waster...No longer wanted. That was how Kieron Dyer found himself described as he was put up for auction on ebay yesterday. Then to cap a humiliating week, he became the first England star to be booed by his home crowd.”

The disgraceful treatment of United players at Wembley obviously never happened then.

From The Times:

Kieron Dyer will be transfer-listed by Newcastle United unless he makes a full apology for refusing to play on the right wing of Sir Bobby Robson’s team last weekend. Robson, the manager, will meet his midfield player today for the first time since Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, when Dyer was named as a substitute, and the 25-year-old will be presented with a stark choice.

As of last night, no club had made contact with Freddy Shepherd over Dyer’s availability — although Birmingham City are mulling over the possibility of signing him on a season’s loan — but the chairman is prepared to force the issue and actively encourage interested parties to bid for him. Dyer may be given one more opportunity to repent, but patience within St James’ Park is wearing thin.

Dyer earns more in a season than Robson and his backroom staff combined and by rejecting the request to play in a wide position at the Riverside Stadium — he views a central midfield role as his strongest — he has alienated one of his few remaining allies on Tyneside. Initially, Robson rejected reports of their disagreement, but his courtesy rebounded when “friends” of the player were less circumspect.

“All the manager was trying to do was protect Kieron,” a senior club source said. “There was a row and he could have fined or suspended him, but it would have been perceived as a rift and, the day before the Middlesbrough match, it was the last thing we needed. He decided to keep it in-house and he blames Dyer for upsetting that. He loves Kieron as a player, but if he doesn’t apologise to the club, he’ll be listed. He has one more chance.”

Newcastle would accept any bid in the region of £8 million for Dyer, but few candidates to sign him present themselves and it is unlikely that he would be permitted to leave on loan. A measure of his decline is indicated by the fact that he has been put up for “sale” on eBay, the internet auction house; latest bidding, £10,000.