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.
‘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.’