A difficult situation for all involved with the Magpies.
Newcastle United have certainly enjoyed an excellent start to 2018, with two consecutive victories across all competitions. However, recent news from the club’s academy and youth ranks has not been as positive.
Reports over the weekend have former Toon player and current U-23 boss Peter Beardsley under investigation for racial abuse and bullying, as several allegations have surfaced. The 56-year-old met with management yesterday to discuss the situation.
The BBC stated that one of the complaints came from youth prospect Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, with other names unknown at this point.
This is not the first time this type of talk has come about for Beardsley also. In 2003, he and academy director Kenny Wharton were questioned extensively by the Premier League in regards to bullying players. That case was dismissed.
A concerning element arises with the rumours that Lewis Gibson departed St. James’ Park this summer due to being unhappy amongst the negative atmosphere. While this has not yet been confirmed, it is certainly alarming.
A disappointing situation
No matter the outcome, the case against Beardsley is disturbing in a variety of ways. The most important part of the investigation is to find the truth behind the allegations, and move forward from there.
If found to be guilty of these offences, that will surely result in Newcastle and Beardsley going their separate ways.
A club legend on and off the pitch, many fans would be discouraged to see one of their heroes go out like this. This is potentially a sad reminder that those in the sports world are people as well, and people make mistakes.
With all information still being evaluated, we must simply wait to hear the results of the investigation.