Gavin Peacock played 105 times for Newcastle United from 1990-1993 scoring 35 goals, and he was at Newcastle when Keegan took up his first management appointment at the club in 1992.
John Motson with Gavin Peacock in the BBC booth – cheer up John!
Gavin talked about Keegan today:
â€œIâ€™ve spoken to a lot of people since he returned.â€ â€œAnd every time Iâ€™ve said to them you MUST give Kevin time to do his job.â€â€œWhen he arrived in 1992 he sat all of the players down and said: â€˜We will survive and then we will take off.”
â€œThis time itâ€™s similar. Newcastle wonâ€™t be relegated but Kevin will be making sure they finish mid-table and then take off next season.â€œHe will want people to judge him next season.â€ â€œHeâ€™ll then get his own players in over the summer and build his own team.â€
â€œKevin came in and it was like a whirlwind at St Jamesâ€™s Park.â€ â€œOur first game was Bristol City and the crowd packed into the stadium.â€ â€œHeâ€™d been playing golf in Marbella for seven years and he breezed in full of confidence and without a care in the world.â€
â€œFor the players it was great because at that time in 1992 heâ€™d been many of the ladsâ€™ hero because weâ€™d all been schoolboys when he was England captain.â€ â€œAfter he had saved us last time we went into the season in the First Division as it was then and we won 11 games from 11.â€ â€œWhat he did was sensational. He made players believe in themselves.â€
â€œHe probably did something similar to what Jose Mourinho did at Chelsea.â€ â€œWhen he first arrived at Chelsea he pulled his players together and asked them: â€˜How many of you are winners?â€ â€œOnly one player answered â€˜Meâ€™ and that was Hernan Crespo.
â€œHe then told them he was a winner with FC Porto, whoâ€™d won the Champions League, and how he would turn them into winners.â€ â€œKevin did the same at St Jamesâ€™s Park.â€ â€œThe players loved him for it because he made them think they could achieve anything.â€
â€œWhen you look down the list of players he signed they were good players but they became great under Kevin. People like Andy Cole, Robert Lee and John Beresford.â€ â€œAnd looking back in his first couple of years he laid the foundations for the club you have today.â€
â€œKevin will want to play attractive football but I disagree with a lot of people who say he doesnâ€™t care about defensive duties of his team.â€ â€œDuring the summer of 1992 he signed three key players and they were all defensive-minded players.â€
â€œHe signed Barry Venison, John Beresford and Paul Bracewell.â€ â€œKevin isnâ€™t a silly man. He knows his football and he knows the players who will provide him with a platform and generate the momentum for the rest of the team. I am convinced he can do it once again.â€
Good words and insight from Gavin.
Peacock had a good scoring record at Newcastle but left Newcastle United for Chelsea when Newcastle were promoted to the Premier League in 1993. He still managed to score one goal in every 3 games he played for the Tyne-side club, which is not a bad record at all.
After retiring, Peacock has worked with the BBC, regularly appearing as a pundit on Football Focus, Score and Match of the Day 2. He also hosts a weekly podcast on the official Chelsea website. He turned 40 years old last November.
Here’s London-born Gavin’s playing record.
Years Club App Goals 1984â€“1987 Queens Park 17 1 1987 Gillingham (loan) 6 0 1987â€“1989 Gillingham 64 1 1989â€“1990 Bournemouth 56 8 1990â€“1993 Newcastle United 105 35 1993â€“1996 Chelsea 103 17 1996 QPR (loan) 5 2 1996â€“2002 QPR 186 34 2001 Charlton (loan) 5 0
So Gavin played 547 first class games and scored 98 goals – not a bad career at all.
Comments on Gavin’s thoughts very welcome.