A surprise figure emerged at Newcastle the other week in the shape of Neil Redfearn.
Less than a month later and he has reportedly gone.
According to the Chronicle, Redfearn has vacated his job with the Newcastle Under-23s. It was reportedly only a short-term deal for the former Leeds boss, and he has received a longer offer from elsewhere.
Redfearn’s brief spell with Newcastle comes to an end
The 53-year-old’s arrival at Newcastle was a bit of a shock.
He had previously been named the manager of the Liverpool Women’s team, but left his post there after just one game.
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Redfearn arrived in the North East to help out coaches Ben Dawson and Steve Harper, and that’s exactly what he did.
During his brief time with the club, the Newcastle Under-23s won three games in a row. This rich vein have form has seen Elias Sorensen get amongst the goals, with some fans demanding he gets a chance in the first-team.
With Redfearn now gone, some Toon supporters can breath easy. There was a sense of worry from some supporters that due to his previous managerial experience, the former Barnsley midfielder would replace Rafa Benitez at the end of the season.
It wouldn’t have been the first time an under-qualified figure got the job at St James’ Park. Remember John Carver? Or Alan Pardew for that matter?
But with Redfearn now gone, Newcastle fans can be positive about the future once again.
Oh wait, no they can’t.
The Magpies are bottom of the Premier League and without a win. The manager is still at war with the owner. We’re staring relegation in the face. And Benitez’s contract ends this summer.