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Kieron Dyer predicts a ‘golden generation’ will emerge from the Ipswich Town academy

PUBLISHED: 15:57 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:57 13 November 2014

Former Ipswich Town star Kieron Dyer

Former Ipswich Town star Kieron Dyer

Former Ipswich Town and England star Kieron Dyer is predicting a ‘golden era’ of young players set to come through the Portman Road ranks.

Dyer, 35, is one of the academy coaches at Playford Road, under the auspices of head coach Bryan Klug.

And the midfield maestro, who won 33 England caps as well playing more than 300 League games, including almost 100 for Ipswich, senses the Suffolk club are on the verge of a new generation of home-grown talent.

“I can see a golden era of young players coming through at Ipswich in the next few years,” said Dyer.

“I see these young boys almost every day, especially the under-14s, 15s, 16s. I thought I had ability at their age, but I’m telling you there are kids there with more talent than I ever had when I was as old as them. Many of them have huge potential.

“In the next four or five years I can honestly see a conveyor-belt of talent coming out of the Ipswich academy. There are so many good players there.”

Dyer is enjoying life working under Klug, a man he has nothing but praise for.

“Everyone knows Bryan’s record,” Dyer added.

“I think things went a bit stale in recent years, but now Bryan is back I see a very bright future for Ipswich’s academy.”

Dyer was one of a host of talented stars discovered at the Ipswich academy back in the 1990s under Klug, along with the likes of Titus Bramble, James Scowcroft, Richard Wright and, later on, Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose.

In recent years fewer players have made the step-up into the first team, but Dyer feels that is set to change.

“Luke Hyam, Tommy Smith and Connor Wickham have come through but not that many recently,” Dyer said.

“But I think you’ll see that change a lot in the next four or five years – already Teddy Bishop and Matt Clarke are making their mark.”

12 comments

  • I see the bloodletting has begun at carrot road with the first team coach sacked and a blunt refusal form this poorly managed outfit to discuss the matter. I bet Brighton are shaking in their boots about this weeks game shaking with laughter that is.

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    Craig Warr

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Aah smyth here you are again with another inept contribution,care to take us on in a trophy contest ? Kieron Dyer was a hell of a player,but injury took away what might have been a great career,as it was,it was'nt half bad.If you've not seen him on the sky programme fantasy football club,check it out

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    miketyreson

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Ha budgie found out again. Dyer got 30 odd caps and has played at a world cup. If he wasnt so unlucky with injuries he would have got 100 easily. Him and owen are victims of playing too much too early. Which us why we cannot play Bishop every game even though he's playing well enough to hold his place.

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    Staidtastic

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • tel, what makes you think that Budgie droppings can read? He can barely string simple sentence together without a spelling mistake or grammatical error !!!

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Budgie you had better check your facts and figures.

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    tel

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • 1 cap tel? lol lets put it this way, you've won the same amount as trophies as dyer...

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    john smyth

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • So what you are saying Budgie droppings, is that academy players should not aim to be England Internationals. Pretty much in line with your other contributions we think.

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    tel

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • lets hope the 1p5wich academy don't ending up having careers like Dyer...

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    john smyth

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • This is interesting, for I seem to recall an absent fiend sneering at the Town for failing to develop young talent. Evidently the powers-that-be read the trolls on this site and have taken steps to rectify matters. Either way, it's a good thing. And youth players at sides like Ipswich do at least have a chance of developing a career and getting in the team. Getting signed by one of the moneybag Premiership clubs must, conversely, be the kiss-of-death to youthful ambition. And it's very good to see Dyer involved with the club - he's blue to the core.

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    Ken Hairy

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • If Dyer is right then this is even better news than Towns current lofty position in the table.Our success in the past was built largely on a coveyor belt of young talent coming through the ranks - this is the Ipswich way. Good young players with a true affinity to the club is always preferable to the types of players our finances can afford either as permanent or loan signings.

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Happy to see Dyer working as a coach, Ipswich through and through. Klug is making a difference already. The negative plebs criticisms of the current setup are becoming more and more irrelevant, and will soon be a distant memory. unlucky boys.

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    Staidtastic

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Let's hope he's right, he should know what he's talking about!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

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