Whatever happened to Kevin Scott?

The former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur man has had something of a mixed fortunes playing career.

The Middlesbrough youth player was released by the club after just one season and began working in a paper mill whilst turning out for local side Durham City. Jack Charlton, the then Newcastle United manager spotted him and he was signed amongst the Newcastle United ranks. From 1984-1994 the central defender played 227 games for the Magpies with 8 goals. He was also captain in 1991-1992. Following this Tottenham Hotspur took an interest and then manager Ossie Ardiles signed the centre back for £800,000.

His Tottenham career was not exactly a highlight after being a mainstay in the Newcastle United back four for over a decade. Having made only 18 appearances for the Lilywhites, let’s just say he didn’t quite get taken to heart by the Tottenham Hotspur faithful. The numerous Tottenham fans I spoke to put him up there as possibly the club’s worst ever signing. Whilst Ramon Vega could surely step up for such a claim, it is clear he was not a fan favourite. Ardiles signed him to help shore up a leaky backline and avoid the drop in 1994. He had the complete opposite effect. He spent three years at the club, well actually he didn’t, Scott spent them on loan at Port Vale, Charlton and Norwich City who he eventually signed for in a permanent deal in 1997 for £250,000. Kevin Scott didn’t have much luck at Norwich either and was released on a free in 1997. He then set up shop nearer home for Darlington, but a reoccurring knee injury put pay to any chance of comeback and he retired in 2000.

The former centre back after retiring from the game spent some time out of football and began working at a Driving School in the north east.  He then became a youth coach at first club Middlesbrough. It appears Kevin Scott is not half bad either with claims of a strong influence on former Middlesbrough youth products Adam Johnson, Stewart Downing and Lee Cattermole. Kevin Scott still coaches at the North East side as they look to gain a Championship Play-off spot.

Kevin Scott’s career was not exactly one for the picture books; extremely disliked by Tottenham fans he is rebuilding something of a reputation at Middlesbrough through his coaching.

What are your thoughts on Kevin Scott?

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