Ex-Town star ready to face the music

KIERON Dyer is heading for a showdown at Newcastle after being sent home in disgrace from the club's mid-season Spanish break.The former Ipswich player will face the fury of boss Bobby Robson and chairman Freddie Shepherd for a misdemeanour that has already cost him around £50,000 – two weeks' wages.

By Mel Henderson

KIERON Dyer is heading for a showdown at Newcastle after being sent home in disgrace from the club's mid-season Spanish break.

The former Ipswich player will face the fury of boss Bobby Robson and chairman Freddie Shepherd for a misdemeanour that has already cost him around £50,000 – two weeks' wages.

Dyer and team-mates Craig Bellamy, Carl Cort and Andy Griffin, who have also been heavily fined, now face an anxious wait before being hauled before the St James' Park hierarchy.

The quartet were sent packing on Tuesday after failing to attend an official dinner the previous evening.

Newcastle have not added to yesterday's brief statement, but it is understood that rumours of a brawl involving the players are unfounded.

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Robson gave his squad the afternoon off and most headed for a nearby golf course, but Dyer, Bellamy, Cort and Griffin are not golfers and found themselves with time on their hands.

The club came down heavily on them when they were absent from the dinner and photo-call.

Newcastle are in action tonight when they open Spanish Second Division side Recreativo de Huelva's Nuevo Colombino Stadium, and they return home tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Dyer has been urged to "come to his senses" by one of the men who first identified his potential at Portman Road.

Academy assistant director Ken Goody, who has known Dyer since he was 11, is urging the midfielder to make headlines for his performances on the field rather than off it.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "He was a shy boy. At Ipswich he was fine. It's probably the fame and the money that may have something to do with it.

"I think he has the character to bounce back. Football is very important to Kieron. I don't know if it's the company he keeps or what.

"I would tell him to come to his senses and show the people of Newcastle and England what he can do and I hope he will be in the England set-up for the World Cup."

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