Newcastle suspend reserves coach Willie Donachie over claims he hit a player

RESIGNED: Willie Donachie

RESIGNED: Willie Donachie

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NEWCASTLE United’s reserve team coach Willie Donachie has been suspended by the club over a dressing-room bust-up.

The club has launched an investigation into an incident which happened immediately after Monday night’s Under-21 defeat to Sunderland.

Newcastle were beaten 2-0 in the Under-21 Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light.

It is understood that the 62-year-old Donachie was involved in a heated confrontation with one of his players in the dressing room after the game.

United have refused to comment on Donachie’s suspension.

Newcastle appointed Donachie – who had a successful playing career with Manchester City and Scotland – to his role in charge of the Under-21s three years ago.