Hawksworth, head youth coach at Lancashire National League side AFC Fylde, is claimed to have sent sexually inappropriate texts with crude images. Eight lads aged 15 to 18 are said to have made complaints to the club and five of them are thought to have been interviewed by detectives. Hawksworth, 25, was first suspended t
hen sacked for gross misconduct before being quizzed by police. Bosses at the club, which runs an Academy of Young Footballers, have been accused of trying to cover it up. Hawksworth is head youth coach at Lancashire National League side AFC Fylde A source said: “Parents are frustrated because the club is not communicating with them over the issue. Other players aren’t aware either so it looks like they don’t want this news to get out.” Hawksworth’s arrest sent shockwaves through the tight-knit footballing community at AFC Fylde, which prides itself on being a family-friendly club. He managed St Helen’s Town under-18s before being taken on by Fylde last year. Hawksworth enjoyed a professional career in Australia then played for Fulwood Amateurs in the West Lancs Premier Division before being signed as a goalie for Barnton FC in 2015. AFC Fylde have enjoyed a fairytale rise through Northern leagues and are now pushing for a play-off place for promotion to the Football League after just their first season in t
he National League. Nicknamed The Coasters, they have a shiny new stadium, Mill Farm at Wesham, which attracts around 1,700 fans. A club spokesperson declined to comm
ent. Tonight Lancashire police said: “A 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of abuse of a position of trust and has been bailed pending further inquiries.” The arrest comes weeks after coach Barry Bennell,
64, was jailed for 31 years for abusing young hopefuls at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra. The FA is carrying out an independent inquiry into sex abuse. The QC leading the probe, Clive Sheldon, this week warned clubs he will launch his own investigation if they fail to give him the inf
ormation he needs.