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Bellamy and Dyer.

Kieron Dyer explains what happened when Craig Bellamy took on Sir Bobby Robson

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Ahead of the release of his autobiography, Kieron Dyer has been publishing some extracts of his book in the Daily Mail.

So far, the former England international has told some incredible stories.

From the shocking tale of being sexually assaulted as a child, to the ins-and-outs of his professional career, it seems Dyer's 'Old too soon, smart too late' book will be a fascinating read.

And in the latest release, Dyer has told a rather brilliant story involving the late, great Sir Bobby Robson and Craig Bellamy.

Dyer has already recalled when Bellamy and Graeme Souness almost had a fight at Newcastle and this anecdote is along the same lines.

However, instead of the pair physically having it out, Robson decided to destroy Bellamy in the form of words.

WHEN BELLAMY TOOK ON SIR BOBBY ROBSON

We'll let Dyer tell the story:

"There was a lot of talk about the brats at Newcastle, but Sir Bobby Robson — the best man-manager I ever worked for — knew how to put us in our place," Dyer said.

"There was one game where he brought Craig Bellamy off early because he thought the game was won and he wanted to save Craig’s legs.

"When we got back to the changing room, Craig was cursing about how he was always the first one to be hooked. 

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"Sir Bobby grew exasperated and said: ‘Will you shut up.’ 

"Craig kept jabbering away about the injustice and finally Sir Bobby snapped. ‘I’ll squash you, son, like an ant.’

"Craig looked a bit taken aback but after a brief pause, started complaining again.

"‘Who are you?’ Sir Bobby said. ‘Ronaldo, Romario, Stoichkov, Hagi, Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Gascoigne: these are the people I deal with. And who are you?’

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"The changing room went quiet. Even Craig went quiet. And then Craig looked over at me and said: ‘He’s got a point, hasn’t he?’"

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

That’s why Robson was loved by every player he ever worked with.

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