Kevin Keegan gives Lancaster glowing Peacock reference

Darren Peacock, left, battles with Alan Shearer during his Blackburn days.
Darren Peacock, left, battles with Alan Shearer during his Blackburn days.

Former Premier League star Darren Peacock is set to be Lancaster City’s shock new head coach.

The 45-year-old has no managerial experience but is based locally and is doing his coaching badges.

Director of football Mick Hoyle revealed that the former Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers man had received a glowing reference from his manager in the North East, ex-England boss Kevin Keegan.

Hoyle said: “Keegan said he was a 100 per cent kind of guy who would give everything to whatever he did.

“He also said he was one of the best professionals he’d ever worked with.

“You can’t get a higher recommendation than from a former England manager.

“Darren’s also played under Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish and we’re hoping he can bring some of that experience to Lancaster City.”
The final details of the move are still to be ironed out, Peacock has commitments in the North East for the next couple of weeks, before he officially becomes the replacement for Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow who resigned back in February.

The date of his first appearance in the Dolly Blues dugout is yet to be confirmed but Hoyle is confident a man with nearly 400 Football League games to his name, the majority in the top flight, can be a hit at Giant Axe.

He said: “He’s settled in Catterall (near Garstang) and his children have just started at the Grammar Schools so he’ll be around in this area for certainly the next few years.

“He gave us a call and we’ve met him a few times. We obviously knew who he was but wanted to find out more about him and we liked what we heard.

“He’s a big name but he’s only just getting into coaching and wants to learn. He is obviously coming from the Football League down to the Evo-Stik League and he’ll need to adapt which will take time.

“But we will give him all the help we can so he can be a success at Lancaster City.”

Peacock was forced to retire through injury aged 32 in December 2000 with a serious neck injury picked up while on loan at Wolves and has been out of the game since.

He is understood to have spent time working in property in Portugal during his 13-year absence from football but now settled in Lancashire he is keen on a return and has watched a couple of the Dolly Blues’ recent games.

On the pitch, City picked up their first win in five Evo-Stik First Division North games with a 2-1 triumph at Ossett Town on Tuesday night.

City host Goole in their final home game of the season this Saturday with caretaker boss Hoyle hoping his side can go on a winning run to end a difficult campaign on a high.

He said: “We’d been playing very well in the previous four games against sides towards the top of the league and just come up a bit short.

“So when we played a side in a similar position to ourselves it was good to come away with a positive result.

“We don’t just want to win our final home game we want to win all of our remaining three and finish the season with four on the bounce.

“Having played sides near the top we’ve now got some who are struggling and while we’re not taking them for granted we expect three points.

“Finishing with four victories in a row would stand us in good stead for next season because I don’t think we’re far away from the top sides.”