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Barton offers help to goal hero Carroll

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Published 25/10/2010 | 05:00

Joey Barton has vowed to put his arm around Andy Carroll in an attempt to prevent the Newcastle striker from repeating the controversies which have dogged the midfielder's career.

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Newcastle top scorer Carroll will appear in court today to answer a charge of assault against team-mate Steven Taylor less than 48 hours after heading the winner in the Magpies' 2-1 victory over West Ham which left the Hammers rooted to the bottom of the table.

The appearance will be the striker's second in court in a matter of days after he was handed a separate charge of assaulting his ex-girlfriend last weekend -- something which he denies. Barton, once touted as a potential England regular, has seen his career tarnished by several off-field incidents since he came through the youth ranks at Manchester City. Barton now appears to have drawn a line under his controversial past and is keen to do all he can to make sure that 21-year-old Carroll makes the most of his promising career.

"If Andy wants any advice then he knows where I am. I've been in his shoes," said Barton. "My reputation hindered me for a long time and I will try and to stop him from going down that path."

Irish Independent

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