Former Newcastle star Darren Peacock is back in Newcastle for the game between Newcastle and Manchester United Legends that will take place at Kingston Park this Sunday.
Darren has been talking to the Chronicle and he has talked about how the buzz is back at Newcastle with what Rafa Benitez has been doing this season.
Newcastle have won 7 of their first 11 league games after losing the first two – and are looking a completely different side from the hopeless side last season under the woeful Steve McClaren.
Darren Peacock when he played at Newcastle 1994-1998
Darren has been following Newcastle’s journey so far this season and he had this to say to the Chronicle today:
“There’s always going to be comparisons (with Keegan) but what Rafa has done is impressive.”
“There were players that had their feet under the table when he arrived but he’s changed all of that and that’s what needed to be done – it’s two totally different teams.”
“The Wolves game in the league showed that things can change of course, and it’s just about getting that rotation right, which he’ll do, but I am confident of that.”
“The game against Norwich was amazing and you could see how the players reacted, what it meant to them and to the fans, and that’s just from the images.”
“It certainly showed the connection that is now there between the players and the fans and I can only imagine what the atmosphere was like.”
“I was at the QPR game when Newcastle won 6-0 against another of my former clubs, and they were fantastic then.”
We have also advanced two rounds to the 4th round of the EFL Cup with successive 2-0 home wins over Cheltenham and Wolves.
In 13 games in all competitions so far this season we have won 9 of them for a win rate of 69%.
That cannot be bad.