It was the first week of January (2018) when it was first revealed that Peter Beardsley had been accused of bullying by young Newcastle players.
Winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni at the heart of the accusations.
The 22 year old has in the meantime being released by the club but as for the investigation itself, it has failed to move along according to a new report.
The Mail say that despite the club’s investigation having now continued for over nine months, there is still no end in sight.
The newspaper report claiming Lee Charnley has bee too ‘preoccupied with first-team matters’ (booking pizza restaurants?) and that Academy staff and players are angry that there has been no final conclusion as yet.
It is also disappointing to hear that the club are reportedly only seeing Neil Redfearn as a temporary appointment to help out with the reserve set-up, as it was seen as a very positive move that the former Leeds and Rotherham manager had been added to the coaching set-up.
Nothing ever seems to happen quickly behind the scenes at Newcastle United and letting this situation drag on, does no favours to anybody, particularly the football club.
The Mail also claim that Newcastle’s younger players have also now made their feelings clear about Peter Beardsley with a ‘sing-along’ at the training ground.
It looks obvious from the outside that any return to his old job looks impossible for the Newcastle playing legend, so surely time to agree a parting of the ways as soon as possible.
Yet another issue at the club where Rafa Benitez must be left shaking his head…
‘Newcastle United’s Under 23 players have made it clear they do not want Peter Beardsley to return after a training-ground sing-along turned into a joke at the coach’s expense.
Beardsley has been suspended for nine months amid an investigation into allegations of racism and bullying brought by several academy players, which the 57-year-old denies.
But Sportsmail sources say that staff do not expect to see Beardsley back at the academy, especially after last week’s arrival of former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn, who quit as Liverpool women’s coach after just one game.
The Magpies claim Redfearn’s introduction as assistant to U23s boss Ben Dawson is a temporary measure, but it has been met with relief by the club’s young players.
It is understood they have openly made their feelings about Beardsley known in recent weeks and there was one singing session which saw the players adapt lyrics to mention their former coach.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have still not made a decision on Beardsley’s future.
Managing director Lee Charnley has been heading the investigation but he has been preoccupied with first-team matters and the slow progress has infuriated many connected to the academy.
The case, it is said, remains in the hands of the lawyers of Beardsley and the club.’