New claims have emerged regarding the Peter Beardsley situation at Newcastle United.
With The Mail saying that young Newcastle players who have made allegations and also those who gave supporting statements, can’t believe how long it has taken for the club to eventually act.
The report claims that the Newcastle hierarchy have sat on the current allegations for weeks without doing anything, meaning the young players who have brought those allegations, have had to continue being coached by Peter Beardsley until at last the club were pressurised into agreeing on Tuesday that the Newcastle reserve team manager should stay away from training until the case is resolved.
However, the most damaging new claim in The Mail report is that a source within the club has told them that failure to deal with previous claims of bullying by Beardsley, led to Newcastle’s best young prospect Lewis Gibson leaving the club.
The player helped England to win the Under 17s World Cup for the very first time in October – but by then he was an Everton player, after joining the Toffees just after turning 17 in summer 2017.
However, back in 2016 the newspaper says that Gibson’s family went to the club and told them of their concerns about the way Peter Beardsley was treating their son.
They say an initial grievance meeting was eventually held in Spring 2017 and the family understood that a full proper investigation by the club into the claims of Beardsley’s bullying would then follow, only for nothing to happen.
The newspaper further claims that several more junior coaches in the Newcastle United youth set-up were supporting Lewis Gibson as they desperately tried to help keep him at the club but eventually one of them even told Gibson that he had to leave for the good of his career.
We understand the 17-year-old had the support of several academy coaches, one of whom advised him to leave for the good of his career.
Obviously any outcome on whether Peter Beardsley has done anything wrong is yet to come but whatever happens on that front, the failure of the club to deal with the situation in a fit and proper way will simply reinforce the views of the man Newcastle fans who see the club as being rotten from top to bottom.
With only Rafa Benitez papering over the cracks at the minute.