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Peter Beardsley has always been a man of contradictions. As an immensely gifted footballer regularly dubbed a genius by team-mates, he was very much a dressing‑room outsider. As a coach, he represents an awkward amalgam of expansive Pep Guardiola-style tactical vision and a narrowly old‑fashioned mindset.

On the pitch Beardsley cut a thrillingly anarchic, creative and improvisational figure who, by joining the dots between midfield and attack, somehow invariably succeeded in also being a quintessential team player. Off it, though, a man who sometimes gave the impression he would have been happier playing in an earlier era never seemed afraid to stand alone.

Perhaps instructively, the shuffling, teetotal, Geordie creator with the pudding bowl haircut Rod Gilbert Jersey never really appeared “one of the lads” during those late 20th century days and rarely courted peer group popularity. Where some with a fraction of his talent swaggered, Beardsley’s off-field gait and general head-down demeanour was faintly apologetic and determinedly humble. If balls, cones or bibs needed collecting he always volunteered while, after matches, the winner of two league titles and an FA Cup with Liverpool, as well as the holder of 59 England caps, could often be spied helping staff load kit skips on to the http://www.patriotsshopfootballonline.com/87-rob-gronkowski-super-bowl-jersey.html team bus.

Few stars can have disguised their ego as heavily but observers at Newcastle United suggest this anything-but-synthetic public humility coexists alongside a passive-aggressive coaching persona which has arguably contributed towards one of the club’s greatest players being placed on gardening leave from his job as the under‑23s coach during an internal investigation into alleged bullying and racism.

Newcastle’s Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, a 22-year-old Londoner of Moroccan heritage, has accused Beardsley of http://www.coltsnflofficialauthentic.com/YOUTH+RASHAAN+MELVIN+JERSEY bullying and is supported by written submissions from five team-mates. Beardsley is also said to have made an allegedly racist comment to an African academy player. In a statement issued through his solicitor, Beardsley – who will be 57 next Thursday on 18 January – vehemently denies all allegations.

Potentially the most damaging is Beardsley’s alleged – “you lot should be good at this” – comment when a couple of African players struggled with climbing apparatus at “Go Ape” during a squad outing to the Tyneside adventure playground. He is understood to adamantly maintain this was a general reference to the entire group of fit, young, supposedly agile footballers, and had nothing to do with ethnicity.

If Beardsley the player – a blend of David Silva and Andres Iniesta – would have been good enough to have played for Guardiola’s Barcelona, his coaching career has been less gilded. In habitually eschewing the usual methods of winning young hearts and mind – charm, humour, sports science and psychology among them – Beardsley is viewed by some as a rarely-satisfied perfectionist with limited understanding of younger players lacking real talent or the sort of consummate commitment and professionalism which characterised his own playing days.

This, after all, is a man who as a schoolboy growing Womens Sheldon Richardson Jersey up in Newcastle used to routinely carry out shopping errands for his parents with the ball at his feet. “I never touched it with my hands, not even in shops or crossing roads,” he has said, recalling those days of holding carrier bags while shoulder dropping and shimmying his way past pedestrians while dribbling along pavements.

“Peter was different from everyone else and there were some snide comments about him,” his old Liverpool team-mate John Barnes has said. “But he’s the player I most enjoyed playing with. He was crucial to my success.”

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