Surprise news today that Peter Beardsley has moved from his coaching role within the Newcastle United’s Academy to take over as the Club’s Reserve Team coach.
Peter Beardsley – new Reserve team coach
This is a wee bit of a surprise because other names had been in the mix for the Reserve Team job, but it’s consistent with the club’s new strategy of promoting from within whenever possible, and we think it’s a good appointment.
Beardsley was in charge of the Newcastle Under-16s last season, but has now replaced another local lad – Alan Thompson – following his departure to his former club, Glasgow Celtic about two months ago.
Beardsley starts in his new job today and said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I am thrilled to have been given. “”I can’t wait to get cracking with what I know are a very talented set of players.”
Steve Stone will join Peter with the Reserve Team, and moves up from his youth coaching role.
We think this is a very good move by Chris Hughton, because it’s putting people in place in the coaching ranks at the club, who know all about Newcastle United, and local lads too.
Beardsley made over 300 appearances for Newcastle in his brilliant career, and played for more than 10 different clubs from 1979 until 1999.
Gateshead-born Steve Stone won 9 England caps and gets a well deserved promotion with Peter.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said today:
“This is an excellent opportunity for Peter and Steve.”I hope their services will be of great benefit to the Club.”
These are good appointments ands as we said there’s nothing like having your coaches be former players and local lads – if we are to maintain the pride and passion – that is Newcastle United.
Written from Lincoln, England