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 By PA Sport

Newcastle continue investigation into under-23s boss Peter Beardsley

Peter Beardsley agreed to take leave while evidence was gathered.

An investigation into an allegation of bullying against Newcastle under-23s coach Peter Beardsley is ongoing as club officials interview potential witnesses.

The investigation, sparked by a complaint from 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and backed by several teammates, was launched last month.

Press Association Sport reported that managing director Lee Charnley was continuing the process of speaking to academy staff, having already met both 57-year-old Beardsley and his accusers, and that the his focus was solely on the youth setup.

Former Magpies and England star Beardsley, who denies the allegations, agreed to take leave while evidence was gathered.

In the wake of El-Mhanni's complaint, it is understood a series of other complaints were received by the club.

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