Dyer training with West Ham United in 2010
|Full name||Kieron Courtney Dyer|
|Date of birth||29 December 1978|
|Place of birth||Ipswich, England|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2007–2011||West Ham United||30||(0)|
|2011||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|2011–2013||Queens Park Rangers||5||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Ipswich, he played youth football for his home club Ipswich Town before going on to make nearly 100 league appearances for the club's first team. He was sold to Newcastle United for £6 million, at the time the highest fee paid for an Ipswich player, and made nearly 200 appearances for Newcastle between 1999 and 2007. A move for the same fee to West Ham United followed, but Dyer suffered from various injuries, restricting him to 30 league appearances in four seasons. After a short loan back to Ipswich in March 2011, he signed for newly promoted club Queens Park Rangers ahead of their 2011–12 Premier League season. However, his time at QPR was again blighted by injuries and he made just eight appearances for the club before being released in January 2013, spending the rest of the season at Middlesbrough before retiring.
Born in Ipswich, Dyer's career began with his hometown team, Ipswich Town, whom he signed for as a 17-year-old trainee in 1996. He broke into the Ipswich first team during his first season at the club, and quickly established a reputation as one of the top youngsters in English football outside of the Premier League. He had spent three years at Portman Road when he requested a transfer in order to further his international prospects following Ipswich's failure to gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs in 1999.
Dyer was sold to Newcastle United in July 1999 for a fee of £6m, which was the record transfer fee received by Ipswich Town until Connor Wickham was sold to Sunderland. He was the only English player signed by Ruud Gullit during his spell as Newcastle's manager. Dyer opened his Newcastle goalscoring account at home to local rivals Sunderland, but the game ended in a 2–1 defeat, which saw Gullit resign shortly afterwards.
Under Gullit's replacement, Bobby Robson, Dyer played the best football of his career. He was a key player in the Newcastle team which finished fourth, third and fifth in the 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 Premier League seasons respectively.
Dyer's insolence came to the public eye in the Tyne-Tees derby, when he reluctantly came on as a substitute on the right-wing. Newcastle ended up drawing the game after twice being in a winning position. A few weeks later Bobby Robson was sacked by Newcastle.
On 2 April 2005, Dyer was involved in an on-pitch brawl with teammate Lee Bowyer in Newcastle United's Premiership match with Aston Villa and both had to be pulled apart and separated by their teammates and other Villa players. This resulted in Dyer and Bowyer receiving red cards, leaving Newcastle with eight men as Steven Taylor had already been sent-off for a deliberate handball. Dyer received a three-match ban for the sending-off, while Bowyer received a four-game ban and a fine of more than £200,000 – approximately six weeks' wages – after it was adjudged that he had been the aggressor.
At the start of the 2005–06 season Dyer was once again on the injured list, this time with a hamstring injury, preventing his selection for club or country. This followed a close-season in which Newcastle manager Graeme Souness signed a number of other midfield players, including Emre Belözoğlu, Scott Parker, Albert Luque and Nolberto Solano.
Dyer returned to first-team action on 4 February 2006 against Portsmouth, Newcastle's first game following the departure of Souness. Dyer marked his first start of the season since the opening day against Arsenal with a goal in the FA Cup fifth round match against Southampton on 18 February 2006.
Dyer became the first Newcastle United player to score at the Emirates Stadium in the 1–1 draw with Arsenal on 18 November 2006. In what was his first start in seven months, (since the 4–1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light), Dyer opened the scoring in the game after 30 minutes, with his first league goal for Newcastle in over 20 months. He continued his rich vein of form, also netting against Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, AZ Alkmaar and Watford. Following his return from injury, Dyer showed his versatility by playing in central midfield, right midfield and as an attacking midfielder, supporting Obafemi Martins.
Dyer was given permission to speak to West Ham United in August 2007 after both clubs agreed an undisclosed transfer fee. On 4 August, West Ham United confirmed that the deal had fallen through due to Newcastle's pulling out of the deal. However, the deal was rectified with Dyer finalising a move to Upton Park.
West Ham United
Dyer completed a move to West Ham on 16 August 2007 for £6m, signing a four-year deal. He made his debut for West Ham in the 1–0 away win at Birmingham City on 18 August 2007. However, this has been one of the few positives in Dyer's time at West Ham as he has since been blighted by injury. Just ten days after his debut, he was stretchered off after a tackle by Joe Jacobson in a League Cup match against Bristol Rovers that resulted in his right leg being broken in two places. Dyer subsequently missed the rest of the 2007–08 season. His injury was re-assessed in August 2008, when it was decided that a six-week specialist rehabilitation programme was required before he began pre-season training.
During this time, Dyer's slow recovery from his injury sparked widespread speculation that his career may be over.
On 3 January 2009, Dyer made his comeback for West Ham after 17 months out, coming on as a second-half substitute against Barnsley in the FA Cup third round tie at Boleyn Ground. Dyer's injuries continued in May 2009 when he was ruled out with a hamstring injury. He played in West Ham's first game of the 2009–10 season against Wolverhampton Wanderers but had problems with injuries after this game. He managed only one more game, away to Blackburn Rovers, before hamstring problems hit again. He returned for two further games before another injury in September kept him out until returning in a reserve game against Stoke City in November when he scored two goals.
After taking over West Ham in January 2010, David Sullivan revealed the full extent of the club's debts—which totalled £110 million. Shortly afterwards, in addition to the swingeing cuts being made by vice-chairman Karren Brady, Sullivan suggested that Dyer should follow Dean Ashton into retirement; Sullivan expressed the club's frustration that Dyer, who earns £60,000 per week, had only played 18 games in three years. Ipswich town had expressed an interest in re-signing Dyer, but the move stalled amid reports that Dyer had demanded a £1 million pay-off from West Ham—the media had also speculated about whether Dyer could actually pass a medical.
In May 2010 figures in The Daily Telegraph stated that Dyer, who had made only 22 appearances and had never played a full 90 minutes for West Ham, was the club's top earner on £83,000-a-week. His deal included £424,000-a-season for image rights and £100,000 in loyalty fees. Dyer was released by West Ham at the end of the 2010–11 season, after costing the club around £450,000 per match for every game he played in.
On 11 March 2011, Dyer returned to his first club Ipswich Town on a month-long loan. He was handed the number 30 shirt. He made his second debut for Ipswich at Elland Road against Leeds United on 12 March, before being substituted in the 2nd half in a 0–0 draw. In April 2011 West Ham manager Avram Grant refused a request by Ipswich Town to retain Dyer until the end of the 2010–11 season and he returned to West Ham having made four appearances for Ipswich.
Queens Park Rangers
In July 2011 Dyer signed a one-year contract with Queens Park Rangers. He made his debut on 13 August 2011, the opening day of the Premier League season, against Bolton Wanderers, but after just three minutes he was stretchered off with an injured foot. During his recovery, he sustained ligament damage to his foot in a reserve game. This injury required surgery and he was ruled out for the remainder of the season. Because of his injury, Dyer was omitted from QPR's 25-man squad for the second half of the 2011–12 Premier League season. Despite only playing seven minutes of the 2011–12 season, Dyer signed a one-year contract extension with Queens Park Rangers to keep him at the club until the end of the 2012–13 season. He scored his only goal for the club, in stoppage time, on 5 January 2013, in an FA Cup third round tie against West Bromwich Albion to finish the game 1–1, his first goal in almost six years. Just three days later, he was released from QPR by manager Harry Redknapp, stating "[Dyer] wasn't in my plans". In January 2013, after his release Dyer began training with Ipswich Town to maintain fitness while looking for a new club.
On 31 January 2013, Dyer signed a "short-term" contract with Championship side Middlesbrough. Dyer's Middlesbrough debut came on 2 February away at one of his previous clubs, Ipswich Town, with 'Boro losing 4–0. On 2 March, Dyer scored his first goal in a 2–1 home win over league leaders Cardiff City, it was his first league goal since 2007. On 16 April, in a 1–0 home win over Nottingham Forest, Dyer lasted 90 minutes, for the first time since he joined QPR back in 2010. At the end of his contract, Dyer was not offered a new contract and left the club.
Coaching at Ipswich
Dyer returned to Ipswich as an academy coach following his departure from Middlesbrough. He confirmed he had been back training with the first team during the close of the 2012/13 season. There was speculation in the local press at the time that he would soon rejoin for Ipswich.
After representing England at Youth, Under 21 and 'B' level, Dyer's debut for the senior team came on 4 September 1999, when he started in England's 6–0 win against Luxembourg. He was deployed out of position at right back, and was replaced by Gary Neville at half time after injuring himself while setting up Alan Shearer's third goal of the game. The injury was not serious and he was able to make his second England appearance four days later, coming on as a late substitute for Steve McManaman in a 0–0 draw with Poland. England qualified for the Euro 2000 competition but Dyer was not selected for the squad for the tournament, though he had recovered from injury and taken part in pre-tournament friendlies against Argentina and Ukraine. Along with a number of other young players who failed to make the squad – including Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Duberry, Jody Morris and Jonathan Woodgate – Dyer took a drunken holiday to the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa. The holiday hit the headlines when a video of Dyer, Ferdinand and Lampard having sex with a number of women was leaked to The News of the World. Shortly after the story broke it was revealed that Dyer had spent a night in hospital after being glassed in the face during a fight in an Ipswich night club.
Dyer returned to the England squad for the first game after Euro 2000 for the first qualifier for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, against Germany; the last ever football match at Wembley Stadium. England lost 1–0, and manager Kevin Keegan resigned afterwards.
Despite having played only 45 minutes of qualifying and 45 minutes of football under new national manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Dyer was named in the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Two days after the squad was announced, Dyer suffered knee ligament damage after being tackled by Tahar El Khalej in a league game against Southampton, but he recovered just in time to remain in the squad. He made three appearances, all as substitute, in the tournament, until England were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Brazil.
Dyer played in several of Euro 2004 qualifiers but only had 7 minutes on the pitch at Euro 2004, coming on as a late replacement for Wayne Rooney in England's second group game against Switzerland. After making some appearances during England's FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying Dyer's run in the England squad was ended by the recurrence of a hamstring injury while playing against Middlesbrough.
After almost two years without making an appearance for England, Dyer's form for Newcastle earned him a call up to Steve McClaren's England starting line-up for a friendly against Spain in February 2007. His most recent appearance for England came in a 2–1 friendly defeat to Germany in August 2007, Dyer replacing Alan Smith in the second half.
Dyer is Under-16 coach at Ipswich Town. In November 2014, he spoke out against a possible English application of the "Rooney Rule" to ensure that compulsory ethnic minority candidates are interviewed for managerial positions, saying "I don't want to be interviewed because it's filling a quota". The club's Under-11 coach and former teammate of Dyer, Titus Bramble, called the rule a "disgrace".
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1996–97||Ipswich Town||Division 1||15*||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||16||0|
|Ipswich Town Total||100||11||5||0||11||1||0||0||116||12|
|1999–2000||Newcastle United||Premier League||30||3||6||1||0||0||3||0||39||4|
|Newcastle United Total||190||23||18||5||9||3||33||5||250||36|
|2007–08||West Ham United||Premier League||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||0|
|West Ham United Total||30||0||1||0||3||0||0||0||34||0|
|2011–12||Queens Park Rangers||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Queens Park Rangers Total||5||0||1||1||2||0||0||0||8||1|
(*) Includes 2 Play-Off Appearances each season (**) Includes 2 Play-Off Goals
- As of 16:21, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
In November 2015, Dyer was named as a contestant on the fifteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. He came fourth on the show after lasting 21 days. He donated his entire fee to the Jude Brady Foundation.
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