Kieron Dyer has been speaking ahead of the release of his autobiography.
The book will be launched with former Newcastle teammates Craig Bellamy and Jermaine Jenas also in attendance.
Dyer says the classic line ‘It’s not an excuse…’ and then goes on to make a lot of excuses as to why he did his best to muck up his Newcastle career.
The former Newcastle midfielder saying being 20 year old with loads of money and moving into a flat on the Quayside was a toxic combination.
Kieron Dyer claiming that these days, clubs would never allow that to happen.
He also says that lots of other 20 year olds would be doing similar things to him but because he was a football player it got the publicity.
Many Newcastle fans aren’t too keen to give Kieron Dyer much/any credit for his time at Newcastle but when on song and fully fit and focused…the combination of their pace and Alan Shearer’s brilliant finishing was a superb combination. Especially with the quality of others such as Laurent Robert, Gary Speed and Nobby Solano to back that up.
Dyer’s autobiography, ‘Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late’, comes out in February.
Kieron Dyer talking to The Sudbury Mercury:
“It’s not an excuse, but a lot of players are brought up poor. Then, just like I was, suddenly at 20 years of age, I’m a millionaire!
“The first thing I did when I left Ipswich and moved to Newcastle was buy a flat on the Quayside. Anyone who knows Newcastle knows that’s the hub of nightlife in the city.
“Me, 20 years old, loads of money, in the centre of Newcastle. Today, that would never be allowed to happen.
“What I was doing as a 20-year-old plenty of 20-year-olds were doing a similar thing, some still are, all that Ayia Napa stuff in 2000 (involving a sex tape), it doesn’t make it right, of course not, but because of who we were it was broadcast on a different level. As you get older, you get wiser of course.
“My book is coming out in February, my son Kie, who is 17, is planning to go on his first lads’ holiday in the summer.
“All I can do is give him words of advice, tell him where you went wrong and hope he takes it on board.
“It will be a big launch (for the book), with a meal, a free book and Q&A with me, Jermaine (Jenas), Craig Bellamy and (writer) Oliver (Holt).”