Allegedly, one of the reasons why Chris Hughton got the boot was because he wouldn't take Ashley's advice and appoint Beardsley his number two.
Hughton, for once, went against the grain and insisted he appoint his own man.
It's interesting to note that Alan Pardew is just as adamant that Pedro is kept in the background on the coaching staff, as Toon owner Mike Ashley puts in place his long-term plans on Tyneside.
It is very interesting to note that Pardew (who has yet to name a No2) has put Steve Stone – formerly Beardsley’s second-string assistant .... as new first-team coach.
Colin Calderwood, who quit to manage Hibernian, has still not been replaced.