On Tuesday afternoon Newcastle United announced that Peter Beardsley would be taking ‘a period of leave’ with immediate effect.

This followed allegations regarding his treatment of young players at the football club.

In the wake of the club’s official statement, Peter Beardsley has released his own statement via solicitors.

This includes a strong denial stating ‘Peter Beardsley categorically denies the allegations’.

The Newcastle reserve team manager also claims there have been ‘inaccurate media reports’ regarding the situation.

Peter Beardsley releases statement via his solicitors:

“Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorised leaks.

“Allegations of unfair treatment have been made, which are currently being investigated.

“Peter Beardsley categorically denies the allegations.

“It is hoped the investigation will conclude quickly.

“Peter Beardsley will not be making any further comment at the present time and until investigations conclude.

“Peter respectfully requests that his privacy and that of his family is respected.”

The Mag – 9 January 2018 (earlier today):

Tuesday afternoon has seen an official Newcastle United statement, following allegations against Peter Beardsley.

The brief statement says that the Newcastle United reserve team manager ‘will take a period of leave’ whilst the allegations by young players are investigated.

Recent days have seen Peter Beardsley claimed to have bullied young Newcastle players and also make racially abusive comments to African players at the club (see below).

Newcastle United official announcement:

After discussions with Peter Beardsley this morning it has been agreed that he will take a period of leave, to commence immediately, whilst the club conducts its investigation into allegations made against him.

It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until the conclusion of this investigation.’

The Mag – 8 January 2018:

Not the best of weekends for Peter Beardsley.

On Saturday an exclusive (see below) revealed that the Newcastle United reserve team manager was facing allegations of bullying at the club.

The Mirror reporting that Yasin Ben El-Mhanni claimed he had been bullied by Beardsley for more than a year and the newspaper adding that a number of other players had made supporting statements to the allegations.

The 22 year old El-Mhanni set to have his grievance hearing on Thursday.

However, now The Mail have done a follow up, saying that African player have made allegations of racial abuse, and that Peter Beardsley will meet the Newcastle United ‘hierarchy’ today with the allegations and evidence to be put to him.

The Mail:

‘Peter Beardsley is under investigation by Newcastle United after allegations of racial abuse were made by African players in the club’s academy, Sportsmail understands.

We can also reveal that five of Beardsley’s players have given witness statements in support of Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has made allegations of bullying against the Under-23 boss.

Beardsley will meet with the club’s hierarchy on Monday when the allegations and evidence will be put to him. He will be represented by the PFA and also present in the hearing will be the club’s chief executive Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard. El-Mhanni, 22, has his grievance meeting on Thursday.

The Premier League are aware of the investigation but are not involved at this stage. If Newcastle find the case against Beardsley to be proven, it is expected that he will lose his job.’

The Mag – Saturday 6 January 2018:

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.’



  • TheNutJob

    the Mirror printed some of the allegations, 1) when climbing the ropes in training he said to the African players, it should be easy for you lot.
    another remark was he said to the same players you are all older than you say.
    that`s just 2 to come out,
    you can come to your own conclusions if they are racist or bullying

    • Clarko

      And what is your conclusion?

      • anyobrien

        Bit of banter… But you can’t do it these days with the snowflake left wing luvvies on the March…
        Apparently I’m a baldy ca N t at graft but hey Ho I can take it.

        • TheNutJob

          implying your`e a monkey is far from banter.

          • anyobrien

            Yes if true as Beardsley has said “inaccurate reporting “.. We need the facts tbh before passing judgment.

          • TheNutJob

            they don`t suspend you for nothing,

          • Wor Lass

            Beardo`s categorically denying it all, though, Nutty.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Weinstein denied it though so that’s just your standard response.
            Not that it means guilt though.

          • Wor Lass

            Oooh I bet that fence post hurts! lol

          • TheNutJob

            he`s got it off to a T
            😂😂

          • Dillon Tovak

            I’m not sitting on the fence. String him up I say 🤣

          • Phil

            He would. He’s got a cushy little number and knows he won’t get the same job elsewhere

          • Kneebotherm8

            One good thing,the reserves might win a game or two the time he’s away.

          • TheNutJob

            course he is, i hope he`s innocent

          • anyobrien

            They do these days

          • Guest 2

            Charnley got arrested – and he’s still in his seat.

          • Soldier

            white collar crime.

          • Guest 2

            Yeah, crime and an arrest. Or perhaps you think tax fraud isn’t as serious as Beardsley’s situation?

          • Soldier

            as i said white collar crime usually followed by a fine & repayment of tax avoided

          • Geordiegiants

            They do these days.
            You also get called a racist for nothing race related these days.

          • Damon Horner

            Is it definitely implying that though? Unless he isolated the African descending players or followed it up with another comment then he could be meaning the fact they’re young, fit athletes.

          • TheNutJob

            apparently it was only directed to the African players & 5 complaints against him doesn`t look good does it along with snide remarks about their age.

          • Damon Horner

            I just hope it’s not one of those things which could have been fixed with a conversation.

            My bet is he has said something racist but is ignorant to the fact it is a racist comment.

          • anyobrien

            It happened at go ape… Just up the road from me.

        • Wor Lass

          As a general point (because Pedro may not have said any of this – we don`t know yet) it isn`t right for anyone responsible for people in a weaker position than them to belittle them or make them feel uncomfortable. That might seem a bit pc but it`s the law and rightly so. This should absolutely be the case with adults looking after youngsters – especially when they are away from families and in a different culture. You can be hard on people without bullying them.

          • anyobrien

            When I was a apprentice in 86….i was told exactly to and how to do it what they thought of me Christ I was even greased…. It did me know harm what so ever…. The apprentice at work has been constantly late over a period of 6 months abs why… His words “I’m constantly baked on a night time man”…. He also posts himself on Instagram in a reet state and guess what he does not turn up… He’s on his final final written warning… Why because he’s one of the snowflake generation that has never been disciplined from mummy, daddy and school he thinks he can do what he wants… Now HRs backside has dropped because these pulled the bullying card… No son you were told by yours truly to get your ass in on time like your fellow work colleagues… Bless him though must be tuff for him.

          • Soldier

            who is the snowflake generation?

          • anyobrien

            Google it mate… They take offence at the slightest thing….

          • Soldier

            generation applies an age group

          • anyobrien

            Aye Google it it tells you… I have not got time to write the full explanation of a “snow flake”… Surely you’ve heard this term before?

          • Danimal

            It’s a cliche that is very popular with racists and supporters of Nigel Farage and the like. People who want to offend and then make out it’s someone else’s problem.

          • 8prestondave

            So are you saying that only racists support Nigel Farage.?

          • anyobrien

            Short sighted left wing statement mate.. Knows nowt

          • Danimal

            No. It’s as wrong as suggesting that all sensitive people have left wing politics.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Just the easily fooled.

          • 8prestondave

            Please elaborate. I know this is a football forum but hate it when people bring politics into it. I suppose what youre saying is only numptys or brain dead people support Farage?

          • paul mclaughlan

            I didnt bring politics up. I just made an observation on what you wrote. I don’t think all people who support Farage are racist. But I do believe they’re easily fooled. Sun, Mail, Express etc etc readers believed the lies these papers printed and voted out. Unfortunately most voted out for the wrong reasons. Even the day brexit was decided Farage admitted the £350 million would not be ploughed into the NHS as was suggested on the brexiteers tour bus. One of many untruths.

          • 8prestondave

            Paul, I’m afraid you are misinformed. Farage never once said 350 million would be used he actually said some of it could be used. Apart from that Remain NEVER uttered one mis truth did they./?You know like the crash and job losses everywhere and house prices crashing etc. to name but a few. I think youll find a lot of leave voters are very clever and knew exactly what they were voting for.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Loads of people took it literally the message on the leave bus. What you on about the crash for? Nowt to do with brexit.

          • 8prestondave

            I missed a bit out. I was trying to point out to you what remainers had said about the crash and job losses etc that never materialised and never will. I was trying to show that it wasn’t only leavers that said things that were not 100% true. Anyway enough of this its a football forum.

          • anyobrien

            I’m no racist nor are my friends.. No doubt your a left wing jc follower… The kind that who believe people like my self hard working married family man is a right wing nut job because I say and live in the real world and before you start my brother is gay and my cousin is married to a black lad and guess what we all get along fine…. I also work with a lesbian who is on maternity as her wife has just had there baby I’ve been round with a present for the bairn …. So I guess that’s your statement blown reet oot the water darling and guess what they voted brexit and I did not… Next. Xx

          • Danimal

            Fair enough! I wasn’t about to “start”. Of course you’re right, I don’t know anything about you personally (and vice versa). I just get a bit fed up about the assumptions in comments about ‘snowflakes’ and ‘lefties’ etc. While we’re on assumptions, I’m not JC’s biggest fan at all but do generally prefer a Labour government, based on what I’ve seen over 40 years or so. Like you, I don’t like bullies and like you, I can take a bit of banter at work/pub etc. But as someone else said, I think we should be careful to make sure the case is considered properly when dealing with what are basically young kids away from home. I loved Pedro as a player and hope there is nothing in this. By the way, apologies because my wording does look a bit provocative, should’ve counted to ten before posting! Cheers.

          • anyobrien

            Nee worries.. 100% the case must be looked into and accounted for but we can’t judge pedro yet if guilty he should be dealt with… I my self have a 17 year old son starting his apprenticeship and I have told him best, I can what is what also a 16 year old step daughter a 6 year old daughter and a 4year old son it’s a scary world out there and we must protect…. Anyway he’s to Newcastle and hope we stay up.

          • Wor Lass

            I know where you`re coming from but “rules is rules”. People in positions of power/authority have to know the rules themselves, stick to them and apply them to others fairly. In this day and age everyone should know what the game is.

          • anyobrien

            True but it’s gone to far…. I don’t agree with any form of bullying I detest bullies.

          • Danimal

            Irrelevant.

          • anyobrien

            Really are you sure

          • Guest 2

            Yet the MD stays in his seat when under HMRC investigation.

          • Wor Lass

            A bit of a different scenarion but “innocent until proven guilty” springs to mind. I don`t know why Peter has gone on gardening leave. I don`t know whether he has said any of this stuff or not and I`m not going to speculate. It does seem like different treatment, though.

        • grantham mag

          I live in Cornwall and they call me Geordie, racists the lot of them. FFS some of these we boys need to grow up.

        • maginyorkshire

          was waiting for ‘luvvie’ to make an appearance, grow up matey

          • anyobrien

            Grow up…. Lmfao

          • anyobrien

            OK luv

          • anyobrien

            OK luv I’ll try

      • TheNutJob

        the 1st one is racism by implication.

      • Wor Lass

        Can you see I`ve made you famous, Clarko? Look at the extracts at the bottom of the comments! Ha ha …

        • Clarko

          GToon beat you to it.

          • TheNutJob

            and what is your conclusion?

          • Clarko

            Undecided, indifferent.

          • Soldier

            that`s unlike you clarko

          • Wor Lass

            Agh! Didn`t see that, the snake!!

          • GToon

            I haven’t beaten u to it!

    • Phil

      Anybody making those comments to African players is well aware of what they are saying.

      It can’t be excused by saying he would of got away with that years ago. We hear a lot about the good old days. But from what you read now they don’t seem that good. Cover ups galore.

      If it’s true he has made those specific comments it’s disgusting and he should be shown the door.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Too true, That sort of talk if true is ignorant bigotry of the highest or lowest order depending on which you want to look at it !

  • Soldier

    whatever the outcome, we have an owner who is not fit for purpose, a managing director under investigation by HMRC and now this. the reputation of our club diminishes by the month. Newcastle United needs rid of the lot of them

    • Guest 2

      Indeed. And the MD who was arrested, felt no compunction to go on leave while the HMRC investigation takes place.

  • 5floorshigh

    Ashley probably now pondering over the character and attributes of Mr Beardsley and most likely gonna offer him the managers job………………………..at SD warehouse

  • robbersdog

    I wonder if this is another small nail in the takeover coffin. Amanda Staveley can’t be too impressed by these allegations being all over the media.

    It’s another public relations clusterf*ck for the club after the HMRC investigation and Charnley’s arrest.

    I won’t clear away all these cobwebs, but a good result against Swansea will get the media focus back onto something a bit more positive.

    • Down Under Mag

      This is the sort of thing I want a takeover for most of all. Tired of seeing the club dragged through the mud because of the idiots in charge. The club deserves better and these sorts of headlines just add fuel to the medias constant fire when it comes to trying to make us a laughing stock.

      • Stephen

        Only a Newcastle could Beardsley turn up for work while under investigation
        They must never have heard of ‘suspended pending’.
        Would come as no surprise club been punished after tax investigations.

    • HarryHype59

      Takeover!! What take over!

  • Blackburn1066

    Till death we do part ? Great stuff

  • HappyToons

    Brian Clough would have been in prison ‘Yes you young man’

    JOSE MOURINHO on Mario Balotelli, “Players of that age were men 20 years ago. Today finding an exception is a miracle.”

    Sort of sums up young players today who would think they were abused if they had to clean the professionals boots or clear the snow or some one trod on their ‘grand’ trainers. Never mind the hairdryer treatment from Fergie, or someone clipping their inflated egos as they think they are Ronaldo because they are good at keepie uppies.

    Watching the Merseyside derby when it showed the 4-4 draw from 1991 I was struck how manly the players all looked as they came up the tunnel, including Peter Beardsley. As Jack Charlton used to say, ‘Ya big girl’s blouse’…now we live in the day when young men are actually wearing them, wearing make-up and having their eyebrows done (as I saw such an one in Debenhams actually having that treatment). I am surprised they don’t cry when they get some clarts on their nice new strip, and god forbid they have to head the ball and disturb their hair gel.

    • anyobrien

      100% this

      • maginyorkshire

        100% nonsense maybe

        • anyobrien

          Definitely maybe?

    • Danimal

      Jesus Christ. You really have the word ‘happy’ in your username?

    • paul mclaughlan

      Blokes were wearing “girl’s blouse(ses)” back in the early 80s.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Aye but we’re they BIG Girls blouses?

    • Rich Lawson

      Or indeed as a young millionaire on Tyneside find a hairdresser to deal with their barnet ?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    If the crack he made about climbing the ropes turns out to be true then that is out and out bigotry the like I thought we seen the last of in the 1980’s.

  • fistsofsteel2

    I don’t know about the bullying allegations; but Beardsley should be gone in any case. He’s been resoundingly useless at his job for years.

  • Wor Lad

    No comments allowed on the Evening Chronicle regarding this story, freedom of speech is alive and well in the mainstream media it appears NOT.

    • HarryHype59

      The Commie cle reminds me of a Marxist student union rag!

    • Danimal

      I think it’s standard procedure when any kind of legal case is still ongoing. Granted, apparently that hasn’t stopped the Daily Mail from speculating (although I haven’t read it and wouldn’t dream of doing so).

      • Wor Lad

        There is no legal case going on!

        • Danimal

          Ok, wrong terminology but presumably they’re worried about prejudicing the case.

    • Leazes

      Beardsley is one of Ryders sources.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Ah, That explains why Ryder starts most of his columns with the words “obviously”, “To be fair” and “at the end of the day” thanks for clearing that up.

    • Dillon Tovak

      It’s because with the nature of the article the comments will end up being a cauldron of racial slurs and people arguing against.

  • Down Under Mag

    His record as coach isn’t exactly auspicious and he probably needed to be moved along anyway to allow someone else a chance to try and progress the youth and get them moving in the right direction. The latest claims though, (and lest we forget he’s already been down this track and was cleared of all charges), I feel are a witch hunt. Do we remember the “racist” ref who just said he “doesn’t give a monkeys”?? And i’m fairly sure we are all aware of how modern youngsters are in their own little world full of their own self importance and woe to anyone who dares question them let alone reprimand them.

    What I find most disgraceful is that as with anythign these days, half-truths and made up facts are leaked and everyone jumps on the person in question. This should have been dealt with behind closed doors to avoid the usual Guilty until proven innocent” philosophy that modern society seems to adhere to when it comes to matters of racism, sexism and such like. An allegation seems as potent as a conviction these days. If Pedro is found guilty then fair enough, throw the book at him, but I find the amount of vitiole thrown his way over allegations that have yet to be proven a little much to handle.

    • TheNutJob

      apparently it`s been sustained over a number of years, hardly a witch hunt, more a cover up

    • Dillon Tovak

      Seems to be an equal amount of people jumping to the conclusion that it’s the PC brigade gone mad too though.

  • robbersdog

    If there’s any truth to the article in today’s Daily Mail (yeah, I know!), then Peter Beardsley needs to stay away from our club – permanently.

    • TheNutJob

      Hero to zero, if the article is accurate he`s finished

      • Albert Stubbins

        I won’t change my.opinion of him one tiny bit. It’s all about the football for me. This is all bs in my humble opinion although I realize it’s polarized opinions on here.

    • Mitros gotta start

      He should be shown the door for no other reason than he is terrible at his job…..all this other alleged stuff is just the playstation generation getting their feelings hurt again…..must be an impossible job dealing with kids these days….didnt realize the academy u23’s was a womens team

  • HarryHype59

    Beardsly’s main crime is being white heterosexual middle aged man! It just isn’t fashionable these days!

    Let’s hope the club move with the times and appoints a transgender BAME coach, who can dish out positive self worth platitudes to the self appointed snowflake super stars in our U23 squad!

    • Albert Stubbins

      ha ha- class comment- very true as well.

    • Dillon Tovak

      🤦‍♂️💆‍♂️

  • paul mclaughlan

    Talking to an under 23 lad yesterday. He reckons Beardsley can be a bit of a Richard but has never heard him being racist. He reckons Beardsley only had a go at players to rile them up and make them try harder. He reckons the lads should toughen up and just get on with things.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Yeah ok. I just spoke with another, he said that’s bs.

      • paul mclaughlan

        Hahaha. Whatever mate. Just relaying what I was told. Maybe he told you bs. Divvy b

  • Leazes

    Some people will try to justify racism…. there is a term for these people.
    You can’t excuse this behaviour, in the past or the present.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I doubt Beardsley is a racist- its the culture he was brought up in- I bet Johnny Barnes would say no way. Football is become depressingly more and more pc by the day. who really cares- does anyone really believe that Beardo is some Jack boot wearing right wing extremist? Hes made a couple of ill informed comments- I do it every day at work – Im no racist- let’s move on ffs.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Hahahahhaha you make ill informed race related comments every day at work?
        Who employs you? Hahahahhahahahaha

        • Albert Stubbins

          The commission for racial equality. Why like?

      • HarryHype59

        I know from personal experience any white person working with people of colour have to be literally walking on egg shells for fear of being called racist! We are living in a PC dictatorship that controls speech and thought!

        If Beardsley did say these things he was extremely unwise! The days of banter and light hearted jokes have long gone!

        The Commissar’s of PC wait eagerly to observe violations of their ideology!

        • maginyorkshire

          no they don’t, don’t be ridiculous

          • HarryHype59

            They don’t, OK then that argument is closed!

  • Philippines

    I wonder how much money these complaining pansies get? Perhaps I would like to shouted at and abused for such reimbursement? I’ve suffered some tyrants on my back through my school and working years but I never went crying to someone about it.

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    Can I also suggest to the club to gather ALL the evidence including the young players Whatsapp accounts, it may become a little clearer then ?