When the clock ticks past midnight, Peter Beardsley will have been officially on gardening leave for a whole year.

It was 9 January 2018 when Newcastle United released this two line statement:

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 investigation prompted by claims from a number of young Newcastle players (see below).

Peter Beardsley must have the best kept garden in his neighbourhood.

It seems extraordinary that the matter hasn’t been brought to a conclusion, one way or another, by Newcastle United.

They claimed it would be ‘inappropriate’ to comment until the investigation was concluded but surely after a whole year, it is now inappropriate that the matter hasn’t been concluded, and failing that, some kind of an update as to what is exactly happening with the investigation, if anything.

Not to make light of the matter but Peter Beardsley was aged 56 when this official investigation was set in motion and will turn 58 in only 10 days time.

It is also very surprising that with the nature of the allegations, the likes of the FA, PFA and Premier League haven’t all been asking Newcastle United what exactly is going on in coming to a conclusion.

It particularly isn’t fair on the players and Peter Beardsley himself, they should have expected the club to have done whatever was necessary by now, to bring the investigation to an end, allowing everybody to then move on.

The Mag – 9 January 2018:

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.’

  • Paul Patterson

    He must be cultivating the whole of the lake district . .

    • Kenny

      Joking apart i think he`s coaching at Gateshead.

      • Toontaff

        I saw him mowing the greens at Tynemouth Golf Club…………….

        • Kev Newcastle England

          How can you have a picture up of HIM???

    • Peaky

      More like the Amazon rainforests…

  • Kenny

    He still hasn`t got round to my place yet after numerous requests,
    Leazes Castle must have huge grounds.

    • Peaky

      I think Leazes is the REAL Duke Of Northumberland….suspicions aroused with the new avatar…

  • Danimal

    Is there any aspect of this club that is operated in a conventional and/or professional manner?

  • Billmag

    All this while the tumbleweed blows through the club, does anyone expect anything done expertly and quickly because I don’t.

  • Mxpx

    I imagine this means they’re planning to bring him back but they want certain people to leave first

    • Jimmy_toons

      Yip, Rafa’s replacement. I doubt if he’s welcome around the club under the current management but that will change in May when the results of the investigation are deemed inconclusive and Beardsley comes back in. Pathetic.

  • Mr_Kinnear

    His garden must look fantastic. I hope he enters some leeks this yeat

  • Peaky

    Next manager…Rafa won’t be over the Pennines and Pedro will have his feet under the table.

  • Lewis SG

    His garden must be looking like a forest now judging on how long this gardening leave has been going. Guilty or not, make up your mind.

  • Alex

    There’s only Charnley at the club! And, he’s been too busy doing transfers, contracts, bonus schemes, and such like, to have had time to worry about mere investigations.

  • Toontaff

    Keep your chin up Pedro….don’t throw in the TROWEL!

    • Peaky

      HOE HOE HOE….😂🤣

      • Toontaff

        Pedro should have known not to call a shovel a spade!

        • Jimmy_toons

          That’s forking funny.

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  • Kneebotherm8

    Well,his coaching abilities don’t seem to have been a big miss in his absence….

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The word around the campfire is Beardsley will be given his job back soon and the youngsters who complained against him have all left the club.
    These youngsters are all being classed as trouble makers and bad apples apparently.
    Beardsley has been doing a bit of coaching with Steve Watson at Gateshead until they can sneak him back into Newcastle at a later date.

    That’s what I have been told by someone who is close to the set up and it seems that they are moving heaven and earth to keep on their biggest sycophant !

    • Peaky

      Sounds feasible…

    • 1957

      It’s exactly the rumour that floated around u23 games at the end of last season. He is allegedly held in high regard by the club hierarchy (including Benitez) and as you say are waiting for a chance to slot him back in.

      Look out for more of the young players leaving in the summer some by choice (he isn’t popular), some pushed out. Clearing out players though isn’t the answer to our youth problems we need to replace Beardsley, Watson and their teams of coaches.