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Collapsed Lung Leads to Dyer's Departure From Celebrity SAS
Monday, 20th Sep 2021 09:48

Blues U23s manager Kieron Dyer was medically withdrawn from Channel 4's Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins during last night’s episode having suffered a collapsed lung.

Earlier, in an emotionally-charged show, Dyer, 42, had spoken about the effect the childhood sexual abuse he revealed in his 2018 autobiography had had on his life and his relationships.

Prior to that he left Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox, a member of the directing staff (DS), dazed after raining blows upon him in a task in which the celebrities were encouraged to take out their aggression on Fox, who was dressed in red padding. Afterwards Fox admitted, “He rattled my brain around in there.”

Dyer had been struggling with a broken rib which had hampered him for a number of days and eventually collapsed during an overnight task, leading to his withdrawal on medical advice.

“I started screaming with the pain,” he told the Daily Mirror. “My body shut down, my body was just breaking down and that was the end for me.

“I got taken to hospital and my broken rib had punctured my lung and it had collapsed. I just couldn’t breathe and then that’s when I keeled over.”

He added: “At the time the medic thought maybe I was having a panic attack. But the pain I was in when they were lifting me up, he knew it was more than that. It was horrible.”

During emotional scenes in which Dyer opened up about the impact of the abuse he suffered as a child, the former England international clearly moved chief instructor Ant Middleton and his staff.

The former Blues and England midfielder also expressed his determination to complete the course.

“Every time I’d spoke to the DS, they told me I was one of the strongest contestants,” he continued.

“Early on I got the start of hypothermia, the doctor appraised me, got me straight in by the fire, gets us wrapped up.

“I can remember I’m cramping up, and Ant then comes in and goes, ‘The reason why you’re like this is because you’re the only one who gives 110 per cent.’

“I don’t know if that’s a compliment or me being stupid, or what! So I was gutted to have to leave.”

Prior to the show being screened, Dyer outlined to TWTD why he had taken part: “I wanted to do the show because I was going into this job and one of the things I talk to the young players about is them not realising what their bodies can endure.

“They think they’re tired but they’ve got so much more to give. The human body is the greatest design, it can do things that are incredible at times.

“And the mental toughness that they need when they feel like quitting as well. They have to have that mental approach that they’ll never quit, so I just thought that the sometimes the best way to teach people is to show them.

“I thought if I was to go on the show and after day one I’m throwing in my armband and quitting because Ant Middleton’s shouting at me or I’m finding a task hard, it’s going to be very hard for me to come back and be the U23s manager to this group because they’ll laugh and say they’re not listening to a word I say because I’m mentally one of the weakest people. I thought that was another good reason why I should do the show.

“I’m just so thankful that I did the show because I think it enhanced me as a person, it definitely enhanced me mentally, it improved me as a coach.”

He added that Middleton has agreed to speak to the Town squad when he’s in Ipswich later this year.

“One of the good things to come out of the show is that I still speak to Ant, I know that Ant is doing a tour and he’s coming to Ipswich in November, I think Foxy has just announced he’s coming in January,” he said.

“I said to Ant that when he’s down in Ipswich to do his show that night, I’d ask the club if they’d like him to come and speak to the players and the staff.

“Not just my players but the first team players because I think it would be of huge benefit. I told Rollsy [director of performance Andy Rolls], I told [CEO] Mark Ashton about it, they seemed on-board with it.

“I told them this in June/July and November is a long way away but they said closer to the time to come with the plans.”

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MrJase_79 added 09:55 - Sep 20
The strength of this guy inside and out. What a credit to our club.

Lloyds added 10:30 - Sep 20
Didn’t Dyer score for us with a fractured leg in the past too?
Top quality chap to have in the camp.

leftie1972 added 10:45 - Sep 20
What a top bloke, such inner strength.

Bazza8564 added 10:57 - Sep 20
Exemplifies all the good determined things about our club and I hope with is part of our management team for many years to come.

JewellintheTown added 10:59 - Sep 20
Good example to and for the club. Along with Ed, they're both great ambassadors for the club.
Sad he went through this but well done Kieran, hold your head up high. Players and fans take note!

NthQldITFC added 11:02 - Sep 20
Top man Kieron, proper courage all round. Eat My Goal!

Cosmic65 added 11:41 - Sep 20
It wasn't a fractured leg, it was a clean break after a nasty tackle by Micah Hyde in the 8th minute, Kieron scored in he 17th minute when we played against Watford in 2011. We won 3-2 after being 3 nil up. Total legend.

Cosmic65 added 11:46 - Sep 20
Sorry should have been 1999 not 2011 doh!

johnwarksshorts added 12:14 - Sep 20
Hats off to you for giving it a go. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

backwaywhen added 12:51 - Sep 20
Been watching this programme, initially for the Dyer factor , but now quite engrossed in the sheer hell these guys have to go through Toughness with a capital T.
Well done Kieron big credit to you .

simondrake1961 added 14:01 - Sep 20
Proud of you for your gutsy approach. After a great playing career, you still have so much to offer ITFC, in bringing our youth through to realizing their potential in a safe environment.

midastouch added 16:14 - Sep 20
What a guy! Would love to see Kieron as a future Town manager, he's got all the right credentials for the job.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:47 - Sep 20
Blimey, sounds horrendous. I'm not clear on the timescale here, but I hope you have recovered / will make a full recovery soon, Kieron. Top blue, through and through.

depressed added 18:02 - Sep 20
Thanks for the spoiler..
Had recorded it and was going to watch it tonight.

therein61 added 18:29 - Sep 20

grinch added 19:28 - Sep 20
Maybe he changed from that individual who used to burn 50 pound notes in front of you at the bar and ask do you know who I am and do you know who I am you shouldn't be near me to treating ladies with total disrespect. Seems he might have changed for the better which is good to see as he was very arrogant individual in this days. Not sure he is worthy of some of the wording though no matter how much he changed still has that past which cannot just be erased but fair do's he is obviously trying.

Jugsy added 22:15 - Sep 20
Kieron might have acted like a stereotypical, over entitled, knob of a footballer but this guy had some serious demons and he’s facing them and trying to give back. Can only be commended. He also did I’m a celebrity and donated his earnings to a stillbirth charity. I’d rather focus on all the good things he’s contributing and how he’s trying to help others than he was a twonk when he was younger. Proud of the bloke, he’s one of our own.

Edmundo added 23:15 - Sep 20
Future manager.

LegendofthePhoenix added 06:29 - Sep 21
Get well soon Kieron

ITFC_Esquire added 07:38 - Sep 21
Completely changed my opinion of him. Proud to call you one of our own Kieron, Uppa Town!

superblues9 added 14:05 - Sep 21
Top man remember him scoring with a broken leg and him almost single handedly getting us to the play off final with Bolton and after loosing him throwing everything he had on in the crowd and then let’s not forget it was the money we got for him got us promoted next season by buying mcgreal Wright and Stewart with the money ! Remember him coming to see me as a kid in hospital on the kids ward as well still got pic that was in the papers ! Top man

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