Former Norwich City player Willie Donachie resigns as Newcastle development coach after allegations he hit a player
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Former Norwich City player Willie Donachie has resigned from his coaching post at Newcastle after allegations he was involved in a fight with an academy player.
The 62-year-old was initially suspended by the Magpies while they investigated an alleged incident involving teenage defender Remie Streete after Monday's 2-0 development league defeat to arch rivals Sunderland. Donachie's resignation was confirmed in an official club statement which 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.'
The ex-Scotland international had been part of Newcastle's academy set-up since 2009. Donachie made 14 appearances for the Canaries in the 1981/82 season after joining the club from Portland Timbers in a reported £200,000 transfer deal. Donachie moved into a player/coach role at Oldham under Joe Royle and was also Joe Royle's assistant boss at Ipswich Town during a four-year stint in Suffolk from 2002. Newcastle's development league loss earlier this week came two days after Alan Pardew's side were beaten 3-0 in the Premier League by Sunderland.