However why? What makes a participant so integral to a promotion problem, on the cusp of realising a dream years within the making, depart? The reply is a story which has turned out to be, in his personal phrases “a narrative of braveness and power within the face of adversity”.
“My Newcastle United departure is a vital half to inform,” mentioned Peacock, talking to the Gazette as a part of his promotional push for autobiography ‘A Larger Glory: From Pitch to Pulpit’, which is about for common launch on Might 7 via Christian Focus Publications.
“It was the tip of the season, we had received promotion and I used to be workforce captain, though Brian Kilcline was nonetheless membership captain on the time,” recollects the 53-year-old.
“My spouse Amanda was in labour and ultimately our son Jake was born – he was born with one hand.
“This was the crux of why I made a decision to maneuver again.”
Peacock was bought to Chelsea that summer season for a charge of round £1.5m.
“We have been in absolute shock. It was a really troublesome time for us – and I’ve to say that Kevin Keegan was nice,” mentioned Peacock. “I advised him the information and he was purely involved for my spouse and baby. In time I defined to him that we would have liked to be nearer to all of our household. He taken care of me and made positive I’d by no means be priced out of any transfer, and I left for Chelsea that summer season.
“He confirmed nice compassion and that’s one thing I’ll always remember.”
The story doesn’t finish there, although.