Nathan Dyer: Southampton & The Politics Of The Fire Sale


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Ralfred Wintertotem says:

    Minor correction (in an interesting article) but Dyer (and Bradley Wright-Phillips) were arrested for theft in a Portsmouth nightclub, just to somehow compound their shame.

    You would have to wonder if Swansea will just wait it out with Dyer. Southampton look to be on the very brink with a meeting scheduled with staff for one weeks time to tell them if they will get paid this month (already one week late.) In one week’s time, Dyer’s value could have dropped from £1.2M plus to absolutely nothing as he would become a free agent.

  2. dave says:

    Reminds me of the fire sale at Leeds at the end of the Risdale, O’leary era when several players were sold at well below markrt values, Viduka and his Aussie side kick who negotited himself a transfer with Liverpool where he pocketed the entire transfer fee for himself, leaving Leeds with nowt.

  3. CTT says:

    Leeds got £3m of the £5m for Kewell IIRC. Unlicensed agent Bernie Mandic got £2m.

    I don’t think Leeds actually finished paying for Viduka – I reckon Middlesbrough simply paid Leeds’ outstanding balance on him from the Ray Ranson operation.

  4. Dan says:

    Sheffield United’s £1.2m was actually a cash plus player deal involving Jordan Robertson (who was valued around £600,000 in the package).

    This deal was rejected as a) Roberston wasn’t very good, b) He was arrested after a crash which killed a man over Christmas towards the end of his loan deal at Southampton c) Saints would have still had to pay his wages.

  5. Martin says:

    Competitive football has always been dog-eat-dog. The sensible course is to make sure your kennel is well-run and financially stable in the first place.

    We lost Nigel Reo-Coker to West Ham for a song in 2003 in our fire sale.

  6. Gervillian Swike says:

    It’s very difficult as a Swans fan of a certain age to feel too much guilt for trying to get Nathan Dyer for a song – firstly because it is a dog eat dog world; secondly because we have always smarted at the offer to become Southampton’s feeder club a couple of years ago; and thirdly because when Swans were on the brink of collapse in 1983, Southampton bought the jewel in our crown – Alan Curtis – for a shocking £75,000. Even though I’ve never been a Liverpool fan, the generosity they showed the Swans in the early 80’s in writing off a much larger debt was admirable. But I digress. Walfred Wintertotem makes a point above about Nathan Dyer perhaps being a free agent in a week or two. Perhaps someone else would be tempted by that too; perhaps Swans should just resist the brinksmanship option and realise the bargain they’d already have at £400k. We’ll see.

  7. ejh says:

    The sensible course is to make sure your kennel is well-run and financially stable in the first place.

    The sensible course is not to be run by people like Rupert Lowe.

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