Dyer enjoys Boleyn return

Alex Dyer enjoyed success on his return to the Boleyn Ground as Charlton Athletic overcame the Hammers in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Thursday.

Dyer returned to the club he served in a number of roles between 2004 and 2011 as Chris Powell's assistant as the Addicks left east London with a 4-2 win.

Best known for his time spent as reserve team coach for the club, Dyer has worked with several of the players who are now in and around the first team and this is a great source of pride for the 47-year-old.

He told West Ham TV: "It's great to see them, I was starting my career as a coach here and it's nice that you can see a bit of talent and see that they're still here at the club and performing well at all levels.

"Tomkins is still around and playing well, George Moncur came through the reserves with me, Callum Driver and Pottsy have all done well and they're all good boys who worked hard when I was here and I'm glad to see them still doing that.

"History tells us that West Ham have always produced good players. Joe Cole's still out there now having come through Tony Carr's academy and it's been brilliant."

Both Dyer and Powell have ties with the club and were happy to return to familiar surroundings.

Whilst Powell has fond memories of serving West Ham as a player, for Dyer the club has been engrained as part of his life since he was a child.

"I was back here a few weeks ago to watch West Ham in the cup against Cardiff and although I don't get back here too often it's still the team I supported as a kid and nice to come back."

He also admits that it was tough to leave his boyhood team but felt the opportunity to work alongside Powell was too good to turn down.

"He's a good man and a good manager. When he asked me to come and join him when he took over at Charlton it was a dream come true for me.

"It was hard for me to leave here but it was an opportunity for me to be at the results end of the business and obviously we both played for Charlton so it was nice to go back."

Whilst he may now be representing the club he played 86 times for during a 17-year playing career Dyer still celebrated the Hammers first win over Tottenham for 14 years as keenly as any fan.

"I was buzzing because Chris is Spurs through and through and me being West Ham I was well chuffed that we beat them in the first time for a long while."