Former England international and Newcastle club legend Peter Beardsley has had his contract at St. James Park terminated.
Beardsley, who was a youth coach at Newcastle, was suspended from the club just over a year ago after allegations of racist behaviour and bullying were made against him by several players, including former under-23 winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.
The 58 year old has always strenuously denied the allegation, but now the club have confirmed that he is no longer in their employ.
Last year’s allegations were not the first time that his behaviour had been called into question. In 2003 he faced a similar enquiry into bullying made by youth players, although, on that occasion, he was cleared of all charges.
Hexham-born Beardsley had two spells with Newcastle as a player, first between 1983 and 1987, and then, after a successful stay at Liverpool, again between 1993 and 1997. A former club ambassador, his associations with the club have now been severed.
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