Kieron Dyer says Newcastle fans think they have 'divine right' to be in Champions League

Kieron Dyer in his Newcastle days
Kieron Dyer in his Newcastle days
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Former Newcastle United midfielder Kieron Dyer has criticised the expectations of the club's fans.

Dyer, speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate show last night, said Magpies supporters believe they should be in the Champions League.

The show, which also featured ex-Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy, had a section focusing on United and the proposed sale by owner Mike Ashley.

Host Geoff Shreeves put it to Dyer that it was a 'myth' that Newcastle fans expected their side should be successful and said they don't feel as if they have any 'divine right' to be challenging for trophies.

Dyer said: “I disagree. I disagree. Being there I think they expect to be up there. I’m not saying winning the league but I think the fans think they’re a Champions League team. I honestly believe that.

“They were spoiled with Kevin Keegan.

"They were spoiled by Bobby Robson and in a way he exceeded expectations but that was when, especially under Kevin Keegan, they broke the world record transfer fee. They just cannot do that now unless a massive investor comes in."

Dyer, who played almost 200 times for Newcastle between 1999 and 2007, also said he thought Ashley had been treat 'harshly' at times by Newcastle fans and had delivered them Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer as managers, which they'd wanted.