Kieron Dyer has spoken of his regrets as he reflected on his behaviour at Newcastle United.
The one-time United midfielder uses the usual excuse of too much too young to explain where he went wrong.
Dyer says that having so much money at such a young age was a recipe for disaster and so it proved.
The former player says that now he is older he can accept what he did was unprofessional and he must think ‘what might have been?’ if he had looked after himself better, rather than the off-pitch antics that surely affected both the quality and number of games he played.
In that Newcastle team, Dyer and Bellamy’s pace was devastating at times, as it perfectly complemented the quality of players such as Shearer, Speed, Robert and Solano.
Imagine if both Bellamy and Dyer had been 100% focused on being the very best players they could have been…
Kieron Dyer of course is back in the news because he is taking part in ‘I’m a celebrity…get me out of here’ which is screened on our TVs starting tomorrow (Sunday).
After revealing that he is donating his show fee to charity, Dyer says that we will see a different person to the perception many/most of us still have.
Kieron Dyer talking about those Newcastle days:
“Of course I regret those days, I was 19 or 20 and earning fortunes, having grown up from a poor background. I did end up in trouble but you grow and you learn.
“Now I am in my 30s and I’m nothing like I was in my 20s…thank god.
“Clubs are different now, you’ve got player liaison officers and everything laid out. I was 19, playing for Ipswich, I went into the manager’s office and ended up playing for Newcastle.
“There I was in Newcastle having to find a place to live, with all this money. It was a real shock.”
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Lee was in the jungle. That was one of them things that happened, we made up after that and he’s still one of my good friends.
“He’s just a very angry man on the pitch, unfortunately.”
“I doubt I’ll get injured (on the show). It was usually because of bad tackles, someone trying to break my legs, things like that.
“Will I grit my teeth if I pull a hamstring? Of course. I can’t embarrass myself on TV.”
How people judge him now?
“I think the same as most footballers really, that we seem to think we’re above the law.
“I have had some good press and some bad press, the same as everybody.
“I’m not using it as an excuse but a lot of the public can be how footballers can’t be but that’s not why I’m doing the show. I’m doing the show for charity, and I’m doing it for my kids.
“When I told my kids I had the chance to do it, I think they want to see Daddy embarrass himself on telly, going on to do trials.”
“Do I think people’s opinion of me will change?
“I do. But people close to me will already know it’s just a perception of me. But it’s not the reason I’m doing it, it’s for my kids and for charity.”
“Fatherhood does change you, and just getting older and wiser. It’s a combination of everything – age, being a father, being a husband. I’ve been married a year now, things settle you down.”