Dyer Need of Retirement

by admin

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

As I am sure you were not surprised to hear, Kieron Dyer is yet again out of action for the season. However much it is a shame for a man of his talent to have to end his career on such a note, the he should just give up. Dyer has not had any kind of form since leaving Newcastle over four years ago, and even there he was so blighted by injury that his wages (and off field behavior) were the cause of embarrassment.

Granted, it could be said that his persistence to continue a top flight career is admirable, but surely this for him has to be the final straw, as to save any credibility he should call it a day before he is seen completely as a mercenary.  For me if  he wanted to continue his football career should have stayed at West Ham and helped to repay their significant investment in him by offering to play for free, this would show an honourable desire to continue his career, gratitude for the way they paid him ludicrous money for four barren years, and human decency. If Oguchi Onyewu can do it, then money bags Dyer can too.

Dyer is 32 years of age now, and has won 33 England caps. This shows his career has not been a complete waste. Dyer was sometimes a fantastic performer for Newcastle, I remember his withdrawal, after scoring,  from a UEFA cup tie at Sporting Lisbon changing a game which Newcastle had previously dominated in Sporting’s favour, and he formed one quarter of a fantastic midfield under Sir Bobby Robson. Since leaving the North East  he has been plagued by injury, he failed to score in his 30 appearances for West Ham, and picked up a lot of money on the way for doing essentially nothing. He is also a player who relied on pace, and he will surely have lost this attribute to a combination of ageing and injury.

Retiring now and not taking anymore money from QPR would save his reputation, and allow him to move onto something else. This could save him for being seen entirely as a joke figure, and would be a lot more dignified then continuing to take the money and sit in a treatment room.

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  • James Prentice

    I agree with you, the least he should do is opt for a ‘pay as you play’ contract!
    Dyer reached his peak years ago.. sometimes you have to concede defeat to circumstance (injury/age etc)! The man will probably never get a prolonged spell of games again.

  • Mark

    Ridiculous! If you were ill and on long-term sick, would you quit your job to save your company from paying you while you can’t work? Would you hell! And it’s not as if Dyer can get another job paying him the same amount when he’s fit. Like most retired footballers (other than those destined for top level management), he will never earn as much as he did as a player.

    He will expect the club to honour their contract to him, just as the club should expect players to honour their contracts to the them. And it looks like QPR are a decent club and doing just that.

  • James Prentice

    Obviously he should have his current current contract honoured. I’m talking about his next one, if he’s not to retire.

  • Simon Meechan

    I do take your point, but I feel that he had been looked after very well by West Ham and paid an extortionate amount of money for doing very little. Fair enough he is entitled to take the rest of his contract at QPR and I do not think I made that clear. However after this contract he should retire instead of becoming an embarrassment – or, as James says, take a pay as you play deal, something which would enhance his reputation and allow him to still play football.

    I point you to this example, though obviously not everyone can be expected to do similar things, but there’s no way someone like Hutchinson earned anywhere near what Dyer has racked up in his career.


  • Mark

    “Retiring now and not taking anymore money from QPR” gave me a very different impression.

    I’m a Newcastle fan so we’ve had our ups and downs with him too. It’s surely down to clubs as to what risk they want to take with him though? West Ham have been chucking money at players for a few years now, so I don’t have too much sympathy for them I have to be honest though I can’t argue that Dyer was certainly one to profit from this.

    It’s not his fault that he’s injured so much though, I have no doubt that he would love to be playing more, he was a fantastic player in his day.

    Woodgate and Hargreaves have managed to gain contracts and get some playing time so there’s a precedent for contract there.

  • Mark

    Just saw the article on Don Hutchison too. Fantastic gesture. Good player though Dyer was, I don’t think there are many players in the game now who have the morals and generosity to do something like this. Think of the testimonials for millionaire footballers and how few of them actually donate the proceeds to charity.

  • Simon Meechan

    Do you think he still warrants big money though? I know it is ultimately up to QPR who they sign but surely he has become a liability.

    ‘Not taking any more money from QPR’ would be the best thing for him to do reputation wise, but granted I can not tell someone not to take money which is contractually owed to them.

    Of course he is not like the Michael Owens of this world in publicly slagging off his former employers!

  • Simon Meechan

    And yeah, obviously Don Hutchinson is a very rare example in this case, I still laugh at Wilshire’s three grand charity bet. It’s shrapnel to him!

  • Mark

    I’d be highly surprised if anyone gave him a contract that’s anything other than ‘pay as you play’ anyway to be honest. The strange thing is that he has had so many different injuries and you must assume that West Ham and QPR did thorough medicals on him before he signed too.

    I don’t really think his reputation is at stake if QPR offer him a new contract at the end of the year and he accepts. If it’s a big contract and he gets injured again, then it’s the chairman whose decision needs to be questioned, the player is bound to be confident that he can still do a job for QPR.

    And I agree about Wilshere’s bet. But, then again, if he’d bet £100k then he’d probably have been slagged off in the media for being frivalous with his money…

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