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Statement From Peter Beardsley’s Lawyers

There have been reports recently in the Mail that an independent panel found the Newcastle U23 manager Peter Beardsley did make discriminatory comments to Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and that he was ‘generally unfair’ to the player.

That upheld the results of an initial investigation made by the club that resulted in Beardsley being suspended by Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez with Peter Beardsley taken last season

His lawyers Farleys today have responded to the leaked news with this statement:

“Peter Beardsley is aware of media reports which result from unauthorized leaks.”

“Peter Beardsley has no knowledge of the reported ‘findings’ of unfair treatment and discriminatory comments by him towards Newcastle United Football Club’s Under-23 players including Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.”

“Peter Beardsley categorically denies the allegations.”

“Peter Beardsley will not be making any further comment at the present time.”

“Peter respectfully requests that his privacy and that of his family is respected. “

“As Peter Beardsley’s legal representatives, we will be monitoring media and broadcasting coverage carefully.”

There will come a time when the Newcastle hierarchy will be forced into making a decision on Peter’s future and his role as the Newcastle U23 manager.

History has shown they tend to delay as long as possible any tough decisions that are needed.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Lascelles is nowhere near the finished product yet, which is why he’s better off here. Rafa allows him to make mistakes and chalks it down to his head educational progress, whereas in one of the so called big sides, those errors might get him dropped. He needs to be allowed to develop before moving up the ladder imo. He’s where he should be for at least another season, possibly two. Then he’ll be the best centre back in the country.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    No idea where that ‘head’ came from. Predictive text I assume. 🙂

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Does anybody know if El-Mhanni was the only player Pedro’s accused of being “generally unfair” to, or was being abrasive a characteristic of his coaching style. Emphasise….I’m not, under any circumstances, condoning or trying to justify what’s happened, just curious.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Tosun, no mate, there’s actually too many for it to be just a simple clash of personalities. At least five or six have submitted complaints.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Tosun, there were suggestions that his attitude contributed towards Lewis Gibson leaving for Everton, though it’s hearsay as far as I know and I couldn’t back it up with evidence.

    Also, why are you only now telling us about Count Arthur Strong? Yeh swine, keeping it to yourself….

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Cheers Bobby. BTW , keep up the good work and you’re bound to get a head! 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    This is why great players often make the worst coaches or managers. They expect these lads to take to football as easily as they did. Kind of struggle to understand why they can’t take in something that just came naturally to them. I think maybe that might be part of the problem in this case.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Re C.A.S…..my bad, sorry. For my punishment, got to go shopping now. 🙁

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    as Ashley is still our owner, the best thing we can do is selling Lascelles. That’s the only way rafa is going to get the cash he needs. Getting atleast 40m for Lascelles can be brilliant business provided all the money is ploughed back into our transfer funds.

  • one fine day

    Jun 8, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    I see the glass Tis half empty love toon ..
    Can I suggest adding a dash of Prozac to it ?

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Tosun, good, I hope she’s looking for shoes yer bugger….

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Aye, and I need to lie down again. Totally overdid it yesterday like a fool and can hardly move this morning. Knew this would happen but it was a great day so wtf? 🙂 Like the Last Of The Summer Wine outing into the North York Moors. Got totally shit faced with three of my best mates. Does it get any better?
    Now my bones are telling me what a fool I was. 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    The Beardsley saga is puzzling.
    He’s spent years playing and working in a sport with players from all around the world, all colours, all creeds. I sat next to the youngsters, coaches and Beardsley at Heathrow on their way back from a tournament years ago and they all were engaged in lively banter, humour and in fact he kept them in check when getting a bit boisterous and reminded them that they were representing Newcastle United. The atmosphere was very much lads on tour and plenty of jokes but no suggestion of anything that could be deemed untoward.

    The old school approach of chivvying slackers along as made popular by army Sgt.Majors Andover school coaches would appear now to be unpopular and frowned upon by many. Perhaps it’s past it’s sell by date. After all egg and spoon races are banned in some schools, presumably because the eggs don’t like it.

    Use of direct language is curtailed, often lost in translation and misunderstood if you’ve not been brought up with it.

    After all we describe the Mackems as ” that lot down the road” and they describe us as ” you lot up the road” . Banter, local humour, no more no less.

    I bet the British Lions changing room had some rich language and irreverent humour directed at the Welsh, Irish, English and the heritage of us Jocks – can I say that about me ? It might be pointed but never malicious.

    We should keep an open mind on the matter, unless there is clear evidence to suggest any racism intent which is unacceptable. Rather the club should ensure that all staff are looked after correctly and that the prime objective is the welfare of all concerned, the best opportunity for the players and the success of NUFC but without stifling the commeradre and esprit de corps needed for personal and team success.

    Bill Shankly and Alex Ferguson would have something to say on the matter.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Bobby – are you Compo or Cleggy or Truely of the Yard ?

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Farleys statement suggest to me that they haven’t yet received the tribunal’s official, written findings. In the meantime, Farley’s would be expected to issue a denial from Beardley.

    It’s messy and a shame that things should’ve come to this but, that’s life inside and outside of football.

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16


    Bobby can seem to be a hard one at times – underneath those occasional facades, there lies a kitten I’m sure – so he may not be (Commander George) Gently of the Yard.


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