Despite being suspended since January following several accusations of racism and bullying, an exclusive from The Mirror claims Newcastle United look set to stand by Peter Beardsley and bring him back to the club’s academy this season.
It’s time this case came to a conclusion, with it having dragged on for months now, however it’s a shock to hear that he could be back at the club – especially after Beardsley was found guilty of making discriminatory comments towards former youngster Ben El-Mhanni
Darren Lewis’ ‘exclusive’ also states that Beardsley has continued to deny the charges, despite ‘written statements’ having been made by several academy player earlier in the year.
Here’s what The Mirror have had to say on it all, suggesting the club could ‘stand by’ Beardsley and welcome him back to the club:
‘Peter Beardsley could be back at Newcastle’s academy this season with the club set to stand by him over bullying and racism allegations.
‘The 57-year-old Toon legend has been suspended by the club since January, but the Magpies have yet to take a decision on his future.
‘Instead, the player who made his complaints official last autumn – winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni – has since been released by the club.
‘There is growing frustration within the club and among parents of players in the academy that the investigation – initially expected to last weeks – has gone on for months.
‘Mirror Sport revealed exclusively in January that the former England forward was being investigated by club chiefs after Ben El-Mhanni’s official complaint.
‘In January it emerged that an appeal – contrary to the club’s initial findings – ruled Beardsley did make discriminatory comments and that his treatment of Ben El-Mhanni was “generally unfair”.
‘A hearing into racism allegations also took place in May. Beardsley has consistently denied the charges, despite written statements made by several academy players in January.’
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 30, 2018
Is this the right decision?
Here’s some reactions from NUFC fans on social media:
He'll go down in history as one of the best to wear a black and white shirt but should of been sacked for his results never mind the abhorrent things he has said. Ashley apologist though probably the reason why he's still there
— Gary Richardson (@gazmo71) July 30, 2018
Could’ve been used as a catalysts to revamp their academy. Still in the shadow of Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Has been for years with no signs of producing talented youngsters.
— Simon Johnson (@SimonJ1996) July 31, 2018
You couldn’t make it up.
— Neil Thompson (@Tomma100) July 30, 2018
U23 are dreadful just cos he is a legend doesn’t mean he is a good coach it’s time some one else had a go
— andrew kyle (@andrewkyle84) July 30, 2018
He's involved in a scandal involving racism and bullying of players half his age, until it's all resolved he shouldn't be teaching kids. Also our youth setup has been shit for years and Beardsley hasn't exactly been a great coach.
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) July 30, 2018