And Newcastle supporters thought Loic Remy would be the next striker to go.
Sky Sports reported that Willie Donachie, the Magpies' reserve team manager, has resigned following a bust-up he had with a player:
Breaking News: Newcastle Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie resigns after he was suspended for allegedly striking a player. Details #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 6, 2014
The club released a brief statement on their official website that read:
Newcastle United can confirm that Willie Donachie has resigned from his position as Reserve Team Manager with immediate effect.
The Club will be making no further comment.
According to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail, the player in question is 19-year-old centre-back Remie Streete. He and Donachie got into an argument after the defender conceded a penalty on Monday, Feb. 3, in a 2-0 loss to Newcastle. Things escalated, and Donachie allegedly hit Streete.
At this point, the exact details of the incident remain unknown. There's no evidence to refute Streete's claims, but it's a bit unfair to cast harsh judgment upon Donachie until all of the facts are known.
That didn't stop Newcastle from suspending the coach earlier in the day, however, per Telegraph Football:
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
The 62-year-old Donachie has been a part of the Magpies' staff since 2009. According to his club bio, he was named assistant director at the academy in December of that year. Eventually, in October 2011, he took over as the reserve team manager.
All of this came after a playing career that saw stops at Manchester City, Portland Timbers, Norwich, Burnley and Oldham.
Despite what is an impressive resume, it may be hard for Donachie to get another job anytime soon. The stink from this incident will carry with him for a while, and at his age, teams may not be willing to take a chance on him again.
For Newcastle, this is just more negative press, following the 3-0 loss in the Tyne-Wear Derby and the transfer of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain.
As implied in the brief statement, the club will want to move on as quickly as possible.
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