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It’s a profound title for an autobiography. But Kieron Dyer is happy with it.

‘Old too soon, smart too late’, pretty well describes the career of one of England’s ‘Golden Generation’ on and off the pitch Dyer, the Ipswich born schoolboy, made good.

Kieron Dyer celebrates scoring his injury time goal that made it 3 2 to Ipswich and levelled the tie at 3 3 on aggregate when Town played Bolton in the Division One play offs in 1999.

Almost 100 appearances for his home town club, a 6m move to Newcastle United and 200 more appearances, 33 England caps, money, fame, women, houses, fast cars. Dyer has enjoyed the lot.

But much of it came at a price.

One of a plethora of young England stars in the new millennium, Dyer became famed not just for his on pitch skills, but his off pitch antics.

His autobiography, out in February, is warts and all. it will shock.

“I don’t hold back,” Dyer said.

“People don’t know me. Most have never known me. I’ve finished playing professionally now. I don’t have to be politically correct, I tell it as it is.

“I’ve made monumental errors, I know that, but I think people will be touched how honest I’ve been in this book. I’ve no excuses. Hopefully people will know me a bit better after they’ve read it.

“The publishers have told me it’s the best and most honest autobiography they have ever worked on.

Kieron Dyer on the ball against Wolves for Ipswich in 1997

“They said every chapter ends with you going, ‘wow’, then ‘wow’ for the next chapter, ‘wow’ the next one. There is no downtime, no stopping.

“When you hear people telling you that, then you know you’ve done something good. I’m really proud of how it has come out.”

Dyer remains an Ipswich Town fan.

Newcastle’s Alan Shearer (left) and Kieron Dyer reflect on their penalty shoot out defeat against Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League qualifying round match at St James’ Park, Newcastle. Shearer and Dyer both missed spot kicks as Newcastle lost 4 3, following a 1 1 aggregate draw after extra time.

Today he works at the club’s academy. “Trying to be the next Mourinho or Guardiola,” he laughs.

But his is a story far from full of laughter there have been some very upsetting times.

He knows he has been his own worst enemy, but gossip, innuendo and ‘fake news’ is rarely funny. An emotional guy, this book delves into his personal life in a way you cannot imagine.

“I reckon 99% of footballers come from working class backgrounds, many broken homes, even poverty,” Dyer said.

England’s Kieron Dyer prepares to cross the ball to Alan Shearer for his hat trick goal during the Luxembourg Euro 2000 qualifier football match at Wembley. It was Dyer’s debut for his country. He went on to make 33 appearances.

“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.

Newcastle United’s Kieron Dyer celebrates his goal against Southampton during the FA Cup fifth round match at St James’ Park, Newcastle in 2006.

“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.”
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