Saturday morning sees worrying claims that Peter Beardsley has been accused of a sustained campaign of bullying against one young Newcastle player.

The exclusive also details that a number of other Newcastle players have given supporting statements to the accusation.

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni joined United a year and a half ago and it is alleged that the bullying started within months of him signing.

It is The Mirror who have broken the story and they report that the 22 year old’s allegations will be heard at a grievance meeting this Thursday.

Back in 2003, both Peter Beardsley and Kenny Wharton were cleared of charges of bullying when accused by young Newcastle players at the time, including Terry McDermott’s son Neale.

In 2006 Peter Beardsley did leave the club but Mike Ashley brought him back in 2009.

The NUFC playing legend then did everything from coaching at the Academy to handing out certificates at schools in an ambassadorial role, before eventually being made reserve team manager.

The Mirror:

Peter Beardsley is under investigation at Newcastle amid allegations of bullying.

The Toon legend, coach of the club’s Under-23 players, has been accused by 22 year-old winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni of conducting a sustained campaign designed to humiliate him.

A number of players have given statements supporting allegations made by El-Mhanni.

El-Mhanni’s complaint will be heard at a grievance meeting on Thursday.

El-Mhanni’s representatives have refused to comment but Mirror Sport understands he remains deeply unhappy and has taken the official route in a bid to get his complaints heard.

It is the second time that Beardsley, who won 59 caps in his illustrious England career, has been accused of bullying at Newcastle. He and coach Kenny Wharton were cleared in 2003 after Under-19 players Ross Gardner and James Beaumont made claims against them.

Beardsley left the club in 2006. He later took on an ambassadorial role doing PR and media work for Mike Ashley.

He rejoined the academy as a coach in 2009.

It is understood that El-Mhanni claims his alleged unfair treatment began within months of his arrival on Tyneside.’



  • Wor Lass

    He can`t be bullying him because he`s better looking – he`d need to have a go at everyone if that was the case! Seriously, though, it`s sad to read something like this. If it`s true, it`s blighting what should be the happiest and most exciting time of a young player`s life – moving to a big professional club in a new country. If it`s not true then it`s smearing a long-standing servant of the club and my favourite English player of all time. Whatever the case, communications within the club and safeguarding mechanisms mustn`t be fit for purpose. Not surprising when you look at the model set by the owner. There you go, Clarko, I“ve managed to bring Ashley into it!

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Not to pre-judge but footballers trying to make it is a viscous business, those who aren’t getting to the big time are very upset and often been someone to blame.

  • ghostrider

    It’s a shame that a great player has to be brought down by the media.
    This could be an inhouse thing and sorted quickly if it really was an issue.
    For it to go on for so long tells me that the issue isn’t Beardsleys and he is being made a scapegoat by a small posse of players or even someone a little higher up, maybe.

    Many young players are so far up their own aris’s that they think they have made it already and are above being ordered about.
    If anything I’d say that the younger players could potentially be trying to undermine what Beardsley is doing. Maybe they have little respect for him…who really knows.

    • Geordiegiants

      For once I agree with most of what you say. Have you ever met him?
      He is the most polite and pleasant former player I have ever met to be honest.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        To be fair, surely?

        • Geordiegiants

          Probably yeah, shall I change it for you?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Anyone scared of being humiliated in front of people is not going to make it in football.

            El-Mhanni has all the skills much like Pedro but the latter learnt to translate that to a team game, I can’t think of anyone better to learn from.

          • Soldier

            what a load of rubbish

      • ghostrider

        Yep, I met him at a friends house. the circumstances were not the best mind. He’d came to see my friends sisters lad who was a Newcastle fan.
        The lad was terminal and Peter came to the house and talked in the bedroom around the lads specially set up bed in his room.

        The man (I believe) is fantastic as a person and obviously we know the rest in football.
        I remember talking to him about the last bullying episode in the passage of the house. This must have been 14 years ago or close to it.
        he told us at the time that he was basically set up….not in those exact words and I’d be lying if I can remember exactly what he said.

        The same man came to the funeral a few weeks later and done a speech.
        Obviously not the best way to meet the man but certainly a testament to me just what kind of man he is.

        • Rich Lawson

          He’s not cut out for management but does seem likeable enough as a bloke,good story Ghost.

        • Albert Stubbins

          pure class.

      • Albert Stubbins

        ive met him a few times now and hes a true gentleman- love the bloke. if its proven i’ll eat hay with a donkey- im not having it. And as for people calling him a sycophant? well so must every coach, staff member, player the whole lot as fat mike pays all their wages. WHY is Pedro being singled out? lets see what happens but people seem to have hanged him out to dry already on here for some reason.

  • robbersdog

    I don’t know whether or not there’s any merit in this complaint, but what really demands attention in the article is this line…

    A number of players have given statements supporting allegations made by El-Mhanni.

    This being the case, I can’t imagine how Peter can continue doing his job when these kind of accusations are being made by the players he’s supposed to be managing.

    I was a big fan of Peter Beardsley as a player, but his devotion to Mike Ashley and the fact that he appears to be unpopular with some of his young players suggests that there might not be a place for him at a post-takeover NUFC.

    • MadMag83

      “Post takeover NUFC” I take it that means he’s got a few more years to run 😂😂

  • Soldier

    If the allegations are true he needs to be sacked immediatly

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Beardsley was one of the best footballers I’ve ever witnessed in a black and white shirt… However, I hear he is a bully, not liked by young players and any flair or skill by players is suppressed. A good servant to the club. Sadly his support of the regime has tainted my opinion of the stalwart! Time to go Pedro!

    • Kneebotherm8

      He should be innocent until proven guilty…………….however his coaching skills have been well below par and on that basis he should be gone……………..how he’s still there can only be due to his loyalty to his paymaster.
      Too many yes men at the club…….

  • Dutch

    He should be innocent until proven guilty however what is more concerning is that this is the second time this has occured.

  • 5floorshigh

    bully or not, it would seem via his track record of coaching youth and reserves that he aint a good coach…..over the years we have signed some good potential young players, they end up with beardsley and very rarely ever heard of again and certainly never make it to the first team. One of the best players in his day but as a coach….I think not !

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The man has got more form than Frankie Dettori for bullying youngsters under his charge.
    Add to the fact he is a truly awful coach who has failed to deliver on the two occasions he has been employed by the club.
    Nothing but an Ashley Sycophant and that is how he wormed his way back in to getting a job.
    A legend in a Newcastle shirt but a terrible coach, Sycophant, And all round malcontent who should be dispensed with A.S.A.P !
    Also instrumental in getting West Allotment Football Celtic FC kicked out of the Blue Flame Ground, Lets hope he gets sacked and good riddance to him !

    • Albert Stubbins

      lol- so hes to blame for everything now then is he?

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Of course he is !
        Brexit, Austerity, etc

        • Albert Stubbins

          Lol definitely austerity, his wife is ment to be a right greedy cow. Ha ha

  • wheyayeman

    A phenomenal player and highly regarded by most of the players of his era. Aside from this unfortunately episode (let’s not rush into accusing him of anything) he can’t seem to deliver any young players purchased with promise or on the books already into the playing squad. Add to that a loyal defender of Ashley who pays his wages…. What can we say? Thanks for the wonderful memories Peter but I think your talents should be developed at another club or doing something else entirely.

    • Albert Stubbins

      how many clubs ARE actually bringing quality players into the first team from the academy? blaming pedro for the lack of quality in the reserves is incredible.

      • wheyayeman

        He’s the coach – 2nd spell at this, still no fruit. It’s hardly incredible to blame him for no end product.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Yes there should be more coming through I grant you but I don’t think it’s fair to single him out.

  • Phil Yare

    who knows what the truth is. but I base this on purely the man and not on his coaching ability or his blind support of mike ashley, I’d rather trust pedro than a bunch of over-hyped love island or gangsta wannabees any day (like nile ranger)

    • TheNutJob

      that so called gangsta went down to London after the Grenfell disaster to help out & this is the 2nd time Beardsley has been accused of bullying young players

      • Albert Stubbins

        and second time hes been thrown out of a club- or is it three times? blokes an idiot.

  • Tony English

    Whilst there is no evidence in the public domain yet of this specific case, it seems to be common knowledge that young footballers nowadays expect to be more molycodled, and aren’t open to tough talking and home truths like they once were.

    There is a difference between bullying and b oll ock ing someone, a 22 year old flair player who it would appear is not going to break through at this level, without a coach who gives him the discipline the first team manager insists upon.

    Could it be any coincidence that El-Mhanni’s grievances come to the surface as the transfer window opens?

    • TheNutJob

      as another players have backed the lad i would think it`s a bit more serious than you make on & this isn`t the first time it`s happened. bullying is not acceptable in any shape or form

      • Tony English

        Firstly I never said bullying is acceptable, but at the moment, until proven, it’s an allegation nothing more.

        Secondly if this is proven, it IS the first time its happened with regards to Beardsley as last time around the allegations were not upheld, so mentioning the previous unproven case to such an extent prejudices the case.

        We’ll have to wait and see who has backed their team mate, to what extent, and balance that with what other coaches and players say about the situation.

        To be honest, there is little or no reason for this to be public right now…but coincidentally the transfer window is open and a low profile player is getting a lot of press and lower league teams may be alerted to his availability.

        • Albert Stubbins

          here here.

  • Albert Stubbins

    utter nonsense. Players being told they’re not good enough isnt bullying. I remember him saying during a recent evening talk in at Shearers Bar that most of the young players wernt up to scratch at the club. He said he had to tell most of them in the academy they werent good enough and it was the hardest thing he had to do. I dont for one minute believe he is singling players out to bully and humiliate them on purpose. Id be dumb struck if this were true about our greatest ever player.

    • MadMag83

      I thought Shearer was our greatest ever player? 😐

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        It’s a pity Shearer doesn’t seem to want to get into coaching. It could be just one day a week with the forwards. PB doesn’t need the money but does his bit for football and the club.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Not even close. Beardo twice the player in my opinion. Technically Pedro was as good as it gets only Messi could be seen as being slightly better as he has a little more explosive pace from standing start. We’ve never seen anything close to him in nearly twenty years since he’s been gone.