Joey Barton is going to try and help Newcastle team-mate Andy Carroll stay on the right path.
Reformed midfielder to keep team-mate on straight and narrow
Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is going to try and help team-mate Andy Carroll stay on the right path because he believes the striker has the 'world at his feet'.
The pair combined brilliantly for the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at West Ham on Saturday evening to secure a much-needed three points.
Carroll's second-half header also eased the controversy on the forward, who last week answered a charge of assault on an ex-girlfriend.
The England Under 21 international is living with captain Kevin Nolan as part of his bail terms, but that has not helped him stay out of the spotlight as his car was burnt.
But Barton, who has had his own share of off-field problems, recognises Carroll's talent and is determined to offer advice, saying: "My reputation hindered me for a long, long time and I will try and guide him to stop him from going down that path.
"I've been in his shoes. Andy knows where we are if he needs us. It's a massive dressing room. I will try and converse with him.
"The courts will take the necessary steps and it's futile for me to talk about it to an extent. But he's a great kid.
"He has the world in front of him. He isn't the finished article by any means, but he is a precocious talent. If that is channelled right then he has the world at his feet."
Under-pressure Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has maintained faith in Carroll and Barton thinks that the 21-year-old should concentrate on football.
Barton said: "I don't know what goes on in that house, but I wouldn't like to live with Andy. Someone has to do it though!
"The pitch can be a little bit of a sanctuary. For me more than anyone in the modern game really, I always found it a sanctuary.
"Andy comes into training and works hard every day and all the lads in the dressing room support him, as does the gaffer. If he loses that then he will be in trouble."