Former Newcastle United coach Donachie teaches responsibility

06 March 2014 03:16

Former Newcastle coach Willie Donachie has admitted he had to take responsibility for his actions amid allegations that he hit one of his players.

Donachie's admission came as senior boss Alan Pardew faced a Football Association charge for head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

The 62-year-old resigned from his position as the club's reserve team manager last month amid reports that he had struck defender Remie Streete after the club's under-21 team were defeated by Sunderland.

Donachie was initially suspended as the club carried out an investigation, but later stood down of his own accord.

He told the Shields Gazette: "What I try to teach the players is to be responsible for your actions - don't try to blame anyone else - and so I'm going to go somewhere else to try to be a great coach.

"All I have had is a lot of support and people wishing me well. I want to say thank you to the people of Newcastle, who have been very supportive, especially all my neighbours and a lot of people at the club.

"The Newcastle people are tough people, but they have got big hearts. They are really the club - the fans."

Glasgow-born former Scotland and Manchester City defender Donachie spent four years on Tyneside.

Pardew, who admitted his regret at the Scot's departure, had until 6pm on Thursday to respond to an FA misconduct charge which is likely to see him hit with further significant punishment after he was fined £100,000 and handed a formal warning by his club.

Source: PA

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