Aston Villa suspends Under-23s Kevin MacDonald's boss of working with players while starting research into bullying claims
- Gareth Farrelly accused & aggressive & # 39; verbal and physical approach
- He said that Under-23s manager Kevin MacDonald took him to a place on which no one needed to go. And I would not want it anybody & # 39;
- Farrelly has spoken after seeing MacDonald at Villa
Laurie Whitwell for the Daily Mail
Aston Villa has sent the manager of Under-23s Kevin MacDonald away from working with players and has started an investigation after a former graduate claimed bullying against the long-standing youth trainer.
Gareth Farrelly told the Guardian about accusations of an incredibly aggressive & # 39; verbal and physical approach by MacDonald in the mid-nineties that took me to a place on which no one had to go. And I would not wish it to anyone. & # 39;
Farrelly, who won six caps for the Republic of Ireland, has spoken after MacDonald had retained his job in Villa despite the fact that a Premier League investigator found him guilty of bullying a young nameless Villa player in 2015 and 2016.
Aston Villa has removed the manager of Under-23s Kevin MacDonald from working with players
The player's father had repeatedly complained to the club that his son was showing initial signs of depression.
Farrelly, now working as a lawyer after playing for Villa, Everton and Bolton in the Premier League, claimed that MacDonald belittled him, undermined his confidence and gave negative reports to the then Villa Manager, Brian Little, leaving him on & # 39; extremely dark places & # 39; stayed behind and with suicidal thoughts.
& # 39; His regime has destroyed many more children than he ever developed, & # 39; said Farrelly about MacDonald. & # 39; If people had been treated better and more honestly, you can not say that they would have made it, but they would have had the opportunity to further develop and kick. & # 39;
In a statement, the club said: "The club immediately referred these accusations to the local authorities and the football authorities and, with their agreement, ordered an independent investigation into the former player's complaints.
& # 39; That research will start immediately and as a neutral act Kevin is temporarily reassigned to non-player-focused tasks pending completion of the research. & # 39;
A former graduate claimed bullying against the long-standing youth trainer