Dyer denies bust-up, but why was he left out?
Kieron Dyer’s representatives have rubbished claims the midfielder has been involved in a row with West Ham United manager Avram Grant.
The former Newcastle United player has not made the trip to Stoke City for Saturday’s lunchtime game after being left out of the squad.
Reports had suggested that Dyer had an altercation with Grant after learning he would only be on the bench against Stoke due to concerns over a thigh injury.
However, while acknowledging Dyer is unsure why he has been omitted from the game, his representatives have stressed there has been no bust-up with Grant.
“Kieron Dyer read with concern and bemusement reports on Saturday morning in several newspapers that he supposedly had a “row” or “bust-up” with West Ham manager Avram Grant,” said Graham Shear of BLP Solicitors.
“Kieron confirmed that this is untrue and that there has been no dispute of any nature with Avram Grant about Kieron’s selection to play against Stoke today or about any other topic.
“Kieron is uncertain why he was not selected for the squad and, whilst he does have a thigh injury, if he had been selected, he would have willingly joined the squad on the trip to Stoke today.”
Grant will not be in charge of the Hammers for the match as he observes the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. The 55-year-old has delegated control of the team to senior coaching staff Zeljko Petrovic, Paul Groves and Kevin Keen.