The Daily Mail have confirmed that parents of SEVEN Newcastle United Academy players ‘demanded a meeting’ with the club in 2002 after raising concerns over Peter Beardsley’s treatment of their sons – yet the club failed to deal with their complaints and called them ‘troublemakers’ instead.
These details come after Beardsley was officially ‘sacked’ by the club yesterday 14 months on from suspension after allegations of racism and bullying.
As the snippet from the Mail’s shocking piece highlights below, the club not only allowed Beardsley to get away with this, but also lost several top youngsters as a result – with parents being ‘ignored’ despite several complaints; from both themselves and witnesses.
Here’s what Craig Hope has revealed in a new report – suggesting the club failed to deal with the situation despite complaints emerging way back in 2002:
The parents of seven Newcastle United academy players demanded a meeting with the club in 2002 to raise concerns about Peter Beardsley’s treatment of their sons, Sportsmail can reveal.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that the Under 23s coach has left the club, 14 months after he was suspended following allegations of racism and bullying made by several academy players.
However, Sportsmail has had exclusive access to files from the bullying case brought against Beardsley and then-academy director Kenny Wharton by three players in 2003.
The club sided with the coaches – both former Newcastle stars – and supported them during a Premier League tribunal after players Ross Gardner and James Beaumont tried to terminate their contracts, citing unfair treatment by Beardsley and Wharton. Neale McDermott, son of Terry, the former Newcastle player and assistant manager, left for Fulham before the hearing.
The panel upheld the club’s appeal against the notice of termination and Beardsley and Wharton remained in charge of the academy. The two players signed for Nottingham Forest.
But during the course of the past year we have been contacted by several former players and parents who have detailed their negative experiences with Beardsley. Each made the same allegation – that the coach robbed young players of their confidence and happiness.
It raises the question: Why were so many parents and players ignored in 2002 and how many youngsters will claim to have suffered in the 17 years since?
England youth international Lewis Gibson left the club for Everton in 2017 because of his treatment by Beardsley.
His family first contacted the club in 2016 to make a complaint, but no action was taken.
A grievance meeting was later attended by the player and his family, as well as by Beardsley, managing director Lee Charnley and academy director Joe Joyce.
However, it is understood Beardsley refused to accept he had done anything wrong and said he would not change his ways. Now we have uncovered details of the original case against Beardsley from 16 years ago.
The documents describe the alleged incidents which led to the tribunal and includes witness statements from both sides, in which Beardsley admits apologising to one player after claims he called him a ‘thick Irish c***’. Beardsley, though, denied being a racist.
A meeting with the parents/guardians of seven players took place at St James’ Park in November 2002 and was chaired by club secretary Russell Cushing and director of football Gordon Milne.
All of those players involved went on to make Premier League or Football League appearances.
The documents claim Beardsley had boasted in the days leading up to the meeting that the parents would be ‘put in their place’ and told that they ‘did not run the club’. The meeting – which became ‘heated’ – finished with Cushing and Milne saying that Beardsley and Wharton would remain in their posts. The parents left feeling that the club had ignored their concerns and that they had been made out as troublemakers.
What an absolute disgrace. So not only were SEVERAL parents complaining, the club failed to deal with their concerns, leaving parents concerned and branded as ‘troublemakers’ and forcing their kids – and top young talents at our club – to find a new team.
If anything summed up the incompetent nature of Newcastle United football club, it’s this.
Failing to deal with key issues and being rotten to the core – and this is EXACTLY why we must keep Rafa at the club; someone who truly cares and shows the utmost respect to both players, fans and the Newcastle community.