West Ham signing Kieron Dyer left Newcastle United yesterday endorsing Sam Allardyce as right man in charge at St James' Park.

He said: "As far as I'm concerned, Sam Allardyce is the right manager for Newcastle and I hope he gets the time and the money to build something special. He certainly has the right ideas, but he needs to be backed by everyone.

"In the short time I was there with him you could see the positive impact Sam was having, not just in terms of the first team but behind the scenes as well. I got on well with him but the time was right to move. I wasn't happy and I wanted to be back home in Ipswich."