Peter Beardsley

Newcastle United FC has today appointed Peter Beardsley to the new role of Football Development Manager.

The Reserve Team Coach has been appointed to the prestigious role to assist in driving forward the recruitment of talented youngsters into the club's Academy and Development Squad, whilst retaining his involvement in the coaching of young players.

Peter will work to enhance Newcastle United's reputation and recruitment activities locally, nationally and internationally. He will assist in developing stronger relationships with local schools and boys clubs to improve the recruitment of the region's most talented young players, as well as using his excellent standing and influence internationally to aid the club's youth recruitment activities worldwide.

Peter has been given a five-year contract in his new position, in line with other senior coaching staff at the club.

Speaking about his new role, Peter said: "A large part of our club's future rests with our youth, so this is a terrific role for me. Helping bring exciting young talent to Newcastle United will make me very proud. I spoke with the manager today and Alan made it very clear how important this job is and what a difference he believes I can make to the club and its development."

Managing Director Derek Llambias said: "Peter has been an exceptional ambassador for our club for many years. His international standing within the industry, together with the skills he brings to the training field, make him the perfect appointment for this vital new role.

"We will also continue to benefit from the qualities that Peter brings to the training field. He will continue to work with the Development Squad to support Willie Donachie in the coaching and technical development of players.

"The board are committed to improving the recruitment and development of young talented players who can progress through the ranks of the Academy and Development Squad. We are delighted to appoint Peter to help us develop a truly world-class development programme."