Peter Beardsley leaves Newcastle United following bullying allegations

Peter Beardsley leaves Newcastle United following bullying allegations

The Football Association will continue to look into bullying allegations against Peter Beardsley following his departure on Wednesday from Newcastle United, where he was the club’s long-serving Under-23s coach.

Beardsley, 58, has continued to deny allegations of bullying brought against him by a former academy player. The ex-England international was placed on leave in January last year while a complaint against him made by midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni was investigated.

Newcastle have not revealed the outcome of their investigation, overseen by managing director Lee Charnley, who runs the club for owner Mike Ashley.

The FA said in a statement: “The allegations made against Peter Beardsley continue to be under consideration by the FA. We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

Ben El-Mhanni has left the club and is registered with Scunthorpe United. The allegations he made against Beardsley were supported by a number of Ben El-Mhanni’s former team-mates. At the time, Beardsley issued a statement denying the allegations against him.

Beardsley said in a statement on Wednesday: “The time is now right for me to seek a new challenge and I wish the players all the best and the supporters the success they deserve. I have always honoured my contractual obligations of confidentiality to the club and maintained my silence, which has in itself been very difficult. I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous support I have received and I look forward to the future.”

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