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Gabriel Zakuani Question and Answer session, Exclusive!

Firstly I would like to thank ‘Gabby’ for agreeing to take part, it is really appreciated. Also well done to everyone who had their question published, sorry if I didn’t cover your question but I hope to secure a few more Q+A sessions for the blog in the near future. Anyway here it is:


1) What do you prefer – a goal saving tackle or nodding one in from a corner?

Goal saving tackle definitely, 4 career goals is enough for me!

2) If you could get away with shaving the head of one of your team mates, who would be your victim?

I think Sergio Torres because his had that curly mop for way too long.

3) Who has been the toughest opponent you’ve come up against whilst at Posh?

There’s been a few but off the top of my head Gary Hooper was a pest in the 1st half vs. Scunthorpe last year.


4) What do you think has been your best performance in a Posh shirt?

I feel that I have been pretty consistent but in my head my home debut vs. Northampton and the game against Oldham last season standout.

5) In your career at Posh so far, which game did you most enjoy being involved in?

The Colchester one where we clinched promotion, that was amazing and I’m addicted to that feeling after achieving it with Leyton Orient and Stoke.


6) Of all the youngsters at the club, which one do you think has the most potential from what you have seen in training?

There’s plenty of potential from most of the youngsters, especially when you look at the squad’s average age.

7) What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a football pitch?

Jimmy Bullard did something funny every week, but I remember Chris Tate at Leyton Orient did a repeat of the famous ‘Gazza’ and Vinnie ‘balls’ incident in a game.


8.) Has it been more or less challenging playing for Posh than playing for Stoke in the Championship?

It’s been a much bigger challenge playing for Posh, because Stoke were so experienced and used to the level, while we are very young and finding our feet, but nevertheless I’ve enjoyed both experiences.

9) What player would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?

It would have to be Dean Keates because his farts are unbearable or maybe my mate big Jon Parkin because he’s always hungry so it will only be a matter of time before he needs a meal.


10) What are your first impressions of Jim Gannon and how is his management style different to Darren Ferguson’s and Mark Cooper’s previously?

I like what I’ve seen of the new Gaffer and he has his ideas and seems to be a perfectionist, the passing game is what has brought us the success we achieved under Darren Ferguson, Mark Cooper was really unlucky as he came at a difficult time and things didn’t quite work out and his style was different to what we have been used to.

11) If we do go down this season would you be happy to stay at the club, or would you look to move back into the Championship?

I’ve not even thought about us going down, because I still believe we will stay up.

12) Who apart from yourself and your brother is your favourite footballer?

Ledley King is the best defender in the world if he’s fit; his got everything, so his my favourite.


13) Was your brother Steve ever close to joining you at Posh? As Darragh has stated in past we tried to sign him.

My brother Steve is a real talent one of the best I’ve seen without being biased, I didn’t know we tried to sign him but there must be some truth in that.

14) Who was your footballing idol whilst growing up?

I loved watching Patrick Vieira when I was younger even though we were nothing alike, but the fact he came from Africa to fulfill his ambition is what we do have in common.

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  1. Clark

    7 February, 2010 at 21:34

    Fantastic interview, well done for getting that organised John. I remember Sergio Torres from his playing days at Basingstoke Town, he has always needed a haircut!

  2. John Verrall

    7 February, 2010 at 21:52

    Thanks Clark, really it was all down to Gabby being great and agreeing to do this.

    Sergio’s hair is part of his appearance now I would say!

  3. Fozzy

    7 February, 2010 at 22:01

    Good Interview John. I really hope another player volunteers to do one.

    Thank you for putting my questions in and keep up the good work with the blog, every piece has been well written, well researched and informative so far.


  4. Claydon

    7 February, 2010 at 22:41

    Good work John, enjoying your content. Nice one.

  5. Alec

    8 February, 2010 at 12:45

    Great work.

    I remember Gabby from his time at Stoke and I always thought he did well. I was a bit surprised that we didn’t go back in for him when he got promoted really.

    How did you go about getting an interview with a player? It’s something I’ve tried for my website but it seems at Stoke that the club can be very strict about who the players are allowed to speak to.


    8 February, 2010 at 15:15

    FRY OUT!!!!!

  7. cervero

    8 February, 2010 at 17:11

    Recall in a Q&A our owner being asked whether we’d approached Steve Zakuani, Darragh replied that we’d made more than one enquiry about him. I had a quike browse but couldn’t find the question but i’m sure we enquired about Zakuani Jnr when he was the highest goalscorer in college football, before joining Seattle Sounders in MLS.
    Strange if we did bid for the top talent in US Football we wouldn’t use the fact his elder brother is at our club as a bit of leveredge.

    Anyway all the best Gabby hopefully you get fit and become an important part of this Posh team, you and the players who got us into the Championship deserve a decent end to the season just so the miserable sods who like to belittle your achievements can’t all moan I told you so. You’ve proved you are some of the best players to ever wear the Posh shirt lets go and show it!

  8. PoshInWales

    8 February, 2010 at 17:45

    I hope he doesn’t mean his best game was home to Cobblers last season – he only lasted 5 minutes in that one! Assume he means his debut AWAY to Cobblers.

    Excellent article. Many journalists could learn from the way you have asked the questions and Gabby did himself proud with some good answers.

  9. John Verrall

    8 February, 2010 at 19:23

    Alec, I went straight through facebook email to ask if Gabby was willing to do a Q+A for the blog and he said he was. I then proceeded to collect some questions for him and emailed him again, to which he replied. It’s probably best if you check the Q+A through with your clubs media team, I was asked to via email, other than that best of luck. I was just lucky that Gabby was so willing to do this!

    Excellent website by the way, very professional.

  10. TerryTheOnlyEnglandCaptain!

    8 February, 2010 at 20:54

    I must say firstly, top Q+A John, the questions put forward were very intriguing and professional, in an almost Garth Crooks-esque fashion (especially my question 😛 ).

    The thing that strikes me is Gabby’s modest approach, and for a modern day footballer with the fancy cars and mansions to do this must be applauded and welcomed.

    A top top blog once again, John, I look forward to reading more in the future.

    Keep the blue flag flying high…

  11. Nick the 69th White Brazillian

    8 February, 2010 at 21:18

    Outstanding piece, and a great addition to a very professional blog. Keep up the great work John.

    If you are interested in doing a Q+A with a former player (I haven’t asked him yet, by the way), I could ask Pete Corder if he would take part. He played a few games on loan from Spurs in the mid 80’s, but his life after football, supported by the PFA, might be a decent background piece on what the PFA does for former players. He know works in physio and helps out with youngsters at Posh. Let me know if you want me to ask him.


  12. Bedrock_Fred

    8 February, 2010 at 21:31

    Good work again, your blog is a must read for all Posh fans

  13. John Verrall

    8 February, 2010 at 21:31

    Hi Nick,

    That would be great if you could ask him if he would do something, any former player or ex-professional that would be willing to do something, big or small, for the blog would be great.

    Just like to say thanks for the compliments everyone, hopefully George and I can maintain a good opinion amongst you lot! 🙂

  14. Nick

    9 February, 2010 at 22:49

    Hi John

    I have spoken to Pete tonight, and he is interested. Email me for more info.

  15. poshblues

    10 February, 2010 at 12:59

    Hi Mate,

    Good interview. Could I just mention that lots of times you’ve written HIS when I think it should be HE’S (as in HE IS). For info, not trying to be rude. Honest!

    Enjoyable read


  16. John Verrall

    10 February, 2010 at 16:51

    PoshBlues, thanks for the feeback, I believe I have amended that issue now. Sorry, I wasn’t aware of the difference before 🙂

  17. Swamp Donkey

    14 February, 2010 at 09:41

    Cheers for asking my question – good interview and reads well.

    Hope you get the chance to do more.

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