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…

The Mail:

‘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.’



  • robbersdog

    They don’t want to sack Beardsley because he has always openly supported Mike Ashley, but surely his position is now untenable and I can’t imagine that he will ever return to the club.

  • Big Hairy Man

    To be fair Charnley has had his hands full lately arranging the paper clips and playing solitaire at board meetings.

    • Paul Patterson

      Those pens don’t arrange themselves..

    • Kneebotherm8

      His thumbs must be twiddled to a frazzle……..

  • David2211

    Probably just waiting for Rafa to go so he can become manager.
    Unless John Gregory or some other oddity out there is available.

    • Steven05

      Pardew? 😉

    • Carverlier football

      David O’Leary hasn’t worked for a while…

    • Peaky

      Paul Lambert 😳😳

    • Paul Patterson

      Our next manager is available. Bruce.

      • Leazes.

        I don’t envy Rafa’s replacement…. he’s going to get it from the fans from the start…. it will be a yes man without a doubt.

        I just hope enough people say ‘enough’. but they’ll have to cope with the chronicle’s spin and promises again of jam tomorrow.

        We have to empty the ground and keep up the pressure.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s vegetating at the minute……

      • Danimal

        Nigel Adkins when he leaves Hull.

  • Meeting Beardsley on the 20th in my country due to local fan club. Although we won’t be asking any questions about his job or the investigation I want to measure the guy eye to eye and see if he’s really capable of what he’s accused. Young footballers these days think too much of themselves and perhaps Beardsley put the lad in his place maybe by saying something he doesn’t see as that offensive.

    • Cockneytrev

      He should have been sacked years ago as he is the worst coach we had at the club and that’s saying something,,,,

    • Dillon Tovak

      So your random assumptions trump first hand reports?

      • Not really, just that media loves this sort of stuff and blow it way over proportion. Perhaps Beardsley has had it, he was nevera decent head coach to begin with, just don’t believe it’s as bad as people claim it to be

      • I don’t see the kid getting into any clubs now, so must obviously not be that good. Perhaps Beardsley was looking for a reaction to spur him on and backfired. It’s not like he molested the lad or something.

    • simonjames60

      i don’t why police waste so much money on all this CSI bollocks

      clearly they should decide if they look a bit shifty as thats a very robust system

    • kingfisher

      Exactly Steven, spoilt brats,massive egos and far too much political correctness.Sort it out on the training ground or dressing room, not go running to the Headmaster telling tales,he callled me this, he called me that,little boys in a mans world,for Gods sake GROW UP !!!!

      • As I recall that same player Beardsley got accused for is still struggling to find a club, so he is 100% not nearly as good as he or his agent thinks.
        Peter was never a good head coach, Dawson is doing so much better now, but I think Beardsley should remain on the coaching staff to at least train the Attackers, he was a hell of a player in his day.

  • Alex

    The ‘Beardsley Investigation’ file is in the same pile as those marked ‘Academy Upgrade’ and ‘Stadium Maintenance’.

    • Danimal

      Is ‘transfer targets’ under that lot somewhere?

      • Ron

        No, file doesn’t exist.

  • Mrkgw

    Phenominal player for us. Brilliant. But as a coach, we just don’t know what is said behind the closed doors of St James. Bloke deserves a fair hearing, that’s for sure and not merely hung out to dry. Shabby treatment given what he has put into the club over the years.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    According to “The Chronic”, It is unlikely that he will return to the club.
    He was a great player but by all accounts an absolute useless coach who has made little to no impact.
    Even without the allegation of bigotry it is better if they get rid of him because he is of no use whatsoever !

  • Billmag

    This is what you get when you have a glorified tea boy in charge of club affairs, on Beardsley just because he was a great player for us shouldn’t hide the fact he was hopeless as a coach.

  • Dillon Tovak

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall to witness Lee Charnleys day at work.
    Probably gets locked in a cupboard for 45 minutes, has a pot noodle in his car at lunch and then walks around the training ground with his phone switched off but held to his ear.

  • Danimal

    ‘Lee Charnley’ and ‘slow progress’ in the same sentence? Surely not.

  • East Durham Mag

    Charnley busy with 1st team matters? Tea or coffee lads, milk and sugar?

  • 1957

    The regime and Benitez, apparently, have a lot of time for Beardsley and feel he does/did a good job.

    As someone who has watched a good few u23 and youth games over the last 4 years I completely disagree with them. The football played is poor, tactically its like watching schoolboy teams,and the players seemed to ignore Beardsley’s instructions from the touchline. It’s telling Longstaff has only started to look a player since he has been out on loan… at any other club Beardsley would have been sacked for his lack of coaching ability / player development.

    He will be back at sometime, if the players don’t want him you can guarantee Big Mike will engineer the return of one of his big supporters regardless.

  • Rich Lawson

    Redfearn hasn’t come to be ass’t at this level,it’s being done quietly for the least embarasment to the club and a once great player,when does Pedro’s contract expire (no sacking) ?

    • Wor Lass

      Rich! Where have you been, m8?

      • Rich Lawson

        I did say about 3 months ago that I was just going to watch this site from now on until the start of the new season ‘cos I just got hacked off with troll this and that and people actually offering each other out on here (don’t think any of them met tho’ ?) it just wasn’t fun anymore,(and lets face it there’s no better place for dark humour than this site) but the Chronicle obviously missed that one ! So I do read it but just don’t stick my oar in as much. Thank you for asking tho’,you still fighting the mackem hoards in sunnier climes ?

        • Wor Lass

          Glad you haven`t bailed out completely. The troll business seems to have died down – personally, I don`t really care. What`s a troll, anyway – I`m sure it`s not supposed to be just anyone who writes something you disagree with. The more stupid the better as far as i`m concerned – more scope for witty interjections! The Mackems are in Blighty more and more these days but I don`t think they`re following their team around – just hiding in the dark and hoping for better days to come.

  • Wor Lass

    As many have said, Beardo was a phenomenal player (my all-time favourite English player) but a poor coach. But he is a person with feelings and a life and this whole sorry business needs to come to an end. Maybe Rich has it right and the club might dither their way to the end of his contract and part by mutual consent. As Sid would definitely say, “What a Carry On”!

    • Rich Lawson

      He would, but now after the weekend both Galton and Simpson have gone, so there’s no on left to write his lines ! Which ties in with our other correspondence,lethal wit,not much offence (hopefully)

    • Big Hairy Man

      Haven’t heard from Sid for a while.

  • Toontaff

    Anyone know the lyrics to the song?