Newcastle United reserve team manager Willie Donachie has been suspended by the club following allegations that the ex-Scottish international struck one of his players.
According to the Daily Mail Online's Craig Hope, 19-year-old centre-back Remie Streete is the player supposed to have been hit, following on from the reserves' 2-0 loss to bitter rivals Sunderland on Monday night.
Sky Sports says that the 62-year-old, who has been with the club since 2009, is currently suspended from his position "for disciplinary reasons."
The report goes on to state that Newcastle are yet to comment on the matter, which will be looked upon as a fairly bitter twist in this season's tale.
The Telegraph's official Twitter account adds that the supposed incident involved a "dressing room bust-up" between the coach and his charge:
Newcastle reserve coach Willie Donachie has been suspended by club following a dressing-room bust-up in which it is alleged he hit a player— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) February 6, 2014
Donachie had a decorated playing career during the 1970s and '80s, clocking up more than 350 appearances as a Manchester City player before stints with Norwich City, the Portland Timbers, Burnley and Oldham Athletic.
That career also included time spent in the Scottish national team, with Donachie earning 35 caps for the side.
The Scot initially took up the position of assistant director at the Newcastle academy, always maintaining a connection with the younger ranks at St James' Park and rarely dipping into first-team matters.
However, that path has come upon a sour note now, it seems, with updates on Donachie's supposed suspension to follow.