Darren Peacock: It was great to see players improve but it was frustrating at the end

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock. Picture: Tony North

Darren Peacock insists he enjoyed his time as Lancaster City boss despite differences in opinion over the club’s direction ultimately bringing an end to his tenure.

The former Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers defender and his assistant Trevor Sinclair left the club by mutual consent on Monday feeling they had taken the club as far as they could.

The 47-year-old particularly enjoyed working with a young squad and seeing them develop.

Peacock said: “In general it’s been positive and I’ve enjoyed it.

“The lads have been fantastic, working hard in training and then taking that into the games.

“It’s been great working with those players and seeing them improve over the last two years.

“That was a big, big thing for me.

“Bringing Trevor on board was great too.

“I think it’s been a good two years for everybody involved.”

Ultimately however Peacock says he was left frustrated that his plans for the club, laid out when he arrived in April 2013, didn’t come to fruition.

He said: “At times I just feel the club haven’t been prepared to spend and look to the long term.

“When I came in everyone agreed on a five-year plan.

“We were going to invest in the youth set up because there weren’t enough players coming through from in and around the local area.

“But they’ve not been prepared to do that and not been prepared to get players from Manchester and Liverpool on bigger wages.

“It’s been really, really frustrating.

“We had this plan in place but after two years it’s been dismantled.”

There have certainly been some high points along the way though, the Dolly Blues missing out on the play-offs on goal difference in first season in charge before a run to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup last year that included a 1-0 win at FC United of Manchester.

Peacock said: “It’s difficult to put my finger on particular high points.

“FC United (in the FA Cup last season) was great, it was good to come away with a 1-0 win, and the clean sheets from Christmas last season were fantastic.

“To miss out on the play-offs by only a few goals in the first season shows what can be achieved on a minimal budget too.”

Peacock ended a near 13-year spell out of the game when he arrived at Giant Axe having had to retire from playing with a neck injury.

Now he is keen to stay in the game.

He said: “I want to stay in football.

“I’m working on my UEFA B (coaching licence) with Trevor and I’ll just be keeping my eyes peeled for things.

“I’ve put a lot of hard work and hours in and it will be good to spend a little more time with my family too.”