Peter Breadsley hopes to continue as Newcastle Utd’s U21 coach

Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley

PETER Beardsley is hoping to continue as Newcastle United’s Under-21 coach.

Beardsley took temporary charge in February after Willie Donachie resigned.

Beardsley, previously assistant to Donachie, is waiting to learn what the club’s plans are for the post.

First-team manager Alan Pardew has previously said a decision would be made in the summer.

In the meantime, the United legend is already planning for next season after the club’s Under-21 Premier League campaign ended last Friday with a home defeat to Arsenal.

Asked if he was keen to carry on in the role, Beardsley said: “Nobody has said a word to me, but absolutely. I love it.

“I enjoyed assisting Willie, who was top class.

“I’d obviously be delighted to be in charge, if that is to be the case.”

Beardsley – who has had previous spells in charge of Newcastle’s reserve team – insists he will do whatever he can to help the club he served twice as a player.

“Whatever they want me to do at this football club, I’ll do it,” said Beardsley.

Newcastle – who last week won the Northumberland Senior Cup – ended the season second-from-bottom of the Under-21 table.

But Beardsley feels progress at Under-21 level can’t just be measured by results, with performances and player development as important to aim of getting more homegrown talent into the first-team squad.

“The owner (Mike Ashley) and manager (Alan Pardew) have been top class,” said Beardsley.

“I’m a bit more relaxed. It’s not all about winning.

“Don’t get me wrong, there are times when you want to win – like in the Senior Cup.

“We’re trying to marry the two together.”