James McCarthy leaves Cardiff amid bullying investigation

Cardiff academy manager James McCarthy leaves the club six months after he was suspended amid probe into bullying claims and two years after ex-Under 18 coach Craig Bellamy stood down

  • Cardiff’s academy manager James McCarthy has left the club
  • It comes six months after he was suspended amid an investigation into bullying
  • Allegations of bullying first emerged against U18 coach Craig Bellamy in 2019
  • Bellamy stood down during a 10-month internal probe but McCarthy remained
  • However, the club launched a fresh investigation and now McCarthy has left 

Cardiff City academy manager James McCarthy has left the club, six months after he was suspended amid an investigation into ‘non-recent’ bullying allegations.

Sportsmail revealed in March that the long-standing coach, academy chief since 2014, had been stood down from his role.

And the Championship club have now confirmed that they have reached a ‘mutual agreement’ with McCarthy.

Cardiff City academy manager James McCarthy has left the club six months after he was suspended amid an internal investigation into bullying  

It was on his watch that bullying allegations first emerged against Under-18s boss Craig Bellamy – and other coaches – in January, 2019, as revealed at the time by Sportsmail.

That led to a 10-month internal investigation which found players had been subject to ‘an unacceptable coaching environment’.

Former Under-18 manager Craig Bellamy stood down from his position after a bullying probe

Bellamy, who denied the allegations, stood down during the probe but McCarthy remained as the academy boss.

Cardiff then saw fit to launch a new investigation earlier this year and vowed to take a ‘comprehensive’ look at the treatment of players in their academy.

McCarthy says he is moving on to ‘explore new and exciting opportunities’.




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