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Dyer criticises Gold's 'classy touch'

Filed: Wednesday, 14th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Kieron Dyer has hit out at West Ham United's Board in his new book after they accused him of being a waste of money.

Dyer, whose new book is being serialised in the Daily Mail this week accused the club's co-chairman David Gold of "trying to shame me" as a result of the amount of time the former England winger spent on the sidelines during his spell at the Boleyn Ground.

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"Breaking my leg in 2007 was the beginning of a long, debilitating, dispiriting process that killed my career," wrote Dyer. "It led to the West Ham hierarchy trying to shame me, because I played so few games for the club.

"After I left West Ham, joint chairman David Gold said I had cost the club £16million in fees and wages. That was a classy touch.

"When Gold and David Sullivan bought the club they talked about the extraordinary wages West Ham were paying and how one player who had barely played ought to have the decency to retire. The arrow was pointing right at me.

"West Ham fans would say what a waste of money I was. I didnít score a goal for them in four years and didnít play four or five games on the trot, ever.

"But you know what? Every time I went out there, they were brilliant with me and I will always remember that. It kills me that they didnít even see a fraction of what I once was. "

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Dyer, who cost West Ham £6million when signing from Newcastle United in August 2007 suffered a catastrophic double leg break in a Carling Cup tie at Bristol Rovers just a matter of weeks after moving to London.

He went on to make just 17 starts for the club during the next four seasons as a result of the break and later complications, before being sold to London neighbours Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer in 2011.

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