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Jenas/Dyer and The NUFC Goldfish Bowl

12 years ago

Appearing on Sky’s ‘Goals On Sunday’, Jermaine Jenas and Kieron Dyer unsurprisingly had plenty to say about their time at St.James’ Park.

Jenas was at pains to say that he never actually said the infamous quote about life at Newcastle being like living in a goldfish bowl, which to be fair is what I’ve heard from various people in the years since.

Jenas; “If there’s a journalist out there that quoted that I would love him to write in now or show me where I’ve actually said it was a goldfish bowl.

I actually loved my time at Newcastle, I really enjoyed it. The people up there were fantastic, the fans were always brilliant with me.

Towards the end it was difficult. When they sacked Bobby a lot of me left as well. I felt like I’d stopped developing as a player a little bit and your head does start to wander.

I wanted to continue my career and I went down to Tottenham where they had some very good young players. At the time I thought that was the best way to develop as a young player

It was difficult because I didn’t want to fall out with the club at all. Throughout the whole process I made that very clear.

It was unfortunate that journalists out there made a story out of nothing with me leaving. I always felt that the truth comes out eventually.

It’s taken a few years, but I never said it so hopefully one day the fans will understand”.

However, as usual Kieron Dyer was good for some entertainment off the pitch…which is where he usually is!

Dyer; “It is like living in a fish bowl though, up there. Since then I’ve been down to London and you play football, then once you leave the ground, that’s it. There’s no more football and you can go and enjoy a night with your family.

At Newcastle it’s just football constantly, in the morning, in the afternoon, in the night. After the game you go to a restaurant and they just want to talk about football. The Geordies are so passionate about football.

A couple of points; firstly,  I don’t think many people can claim to have seen Kieron Dyer playing football since he moved to London and secondly, I reckon when he was at Newcastle even fewer can claim  to have seen Kieron leaving the ground and enjoying a night with his family. If he had done he might have made something of his career!


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