NEWCASTLE United have launched an internal investigation over a dressing-room altercation.
Reserve-team coach Willie Donachie has been suspended while an allegation that he struck defender Remie Streete is investigated.
The incident is alleged to have taken place in the Stadium of Light’s away dressing room immediately after Newcastle Under-21s’ defeat to Sunderland on Monday night.
Donachie is understood to have been unhappy at the second-half penalty conceded by Streete.
United’s players, however, felt the 19-year-old’s challenge on Connor Oliver was outside the box.
The resulting spot-kick was converted by Jordan Laidler to give Sunderland the lead.
Claims that Donachie – who has coached the Magpies’ Under-21s for three years – hit Streete during a heated row in the minutes after the final whistle are now being investigated by the club, which declined to comment on Donachie’s suspension.
Former Boldon School pupil Streete – whose progress has been hampered by injury in the past two years – is highly rated by manager Alan Pardew, who handed him his first-team debut in pre-season.
However, Streete, a powerful centre-half, is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club, and he is a candidate for a loan spell away from St James’s Park.
Speaking in 2012, Pardew said: “He’s physically ready – in the next two years he could go straight in.
“If you are really confident that you can handle it, then they can go straight in the first team. I don’t want to heap too much pressure on Remie, but he’s a calm kind of guy.”
Former Scotland international Donachie, 62, had a successful playing career at Manchester City before moving into coaching as an assistant to Joe Royle at Oldham Athletic.