Dyer warning for Carroll
Kieron Dyer has warned Andy Carroll of the dangers that lie ahead if he does not clean up his act.
Last Updated: 21/10/10 11:18am
Former Newcastle United midfielder Kieron Dyer has warned Magpies striker Andy Carroll of the dangers that lie ahead if he does not clean up his act.
The 21-year-old striker, who has been linked with an England call-up, appeared before magistrates this week charged with assault.
Carroll is now living with Magpies skipper Kevin Nolan as a condition of his bail and Dyer, who had an eventful eight years at St James' Park, knows the pitfalls of being young and wealthy.
Dyer believes Carroll has the ability to become an excellent player for years to come, but believes he needs to avoid the mistakes made by the West Ham midfielder in order to fulfil his potential.
"We had a young exciting team, a fantastic team when you think about it," Dyer told the Journal. "But there was a lot going on off the pitch as well.
"They called us the Brat Pack, and I suppose we were at the time. There was myself, Craig Bellamy, Jermaine Jenas, Titus Bramble, Carl Cort - we were young lads who had a lot of money, single, living away from home.
"We were enjoying life off the pitch and we got up to all sorts. But that is the problem you have in a city like Newcastle.
"We were doing well on the pitch and we were intent on enjoying ourselves off it, but we got into too many scrapes. We attracted the wrong sort of attention and there are things I did which I just can't believe when I look back.
"That is what happens when you turn young men into millionaires in a city where they receive so much adulation just for being footballers. There are so many dangers when that happens, so many pitfalls - I fell into a lot of them.
"I look at Andy Carroll and you can see the same problems. I hope he gets himself sorted out because he could become an excellent player."