Newcastle have added Neil Redfearn to their coaching set up, with the former Leeds boss set to help out with the reserve side.
The 53-year-old had been in charge of the Liverpool Women’s team, but has left his post there. Redfearn was only appointed in June this year, taking charge of one game before leaving.
That game was a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal…
Newcastle fans begin to worry
While Redfearn will reportedly be working with the side’s youth setup, that hasn’t stopped some Newcastle fans panicking.
Rafa Benitez’s contract at St James’ Park is set to expire in the summer, and right now it’s hard to see him signing a new deal. The Spaniard’s relationship with owner Mike Ashley shows no signs of improving, much to the detriment of the team.
The lack of investment has constantly frustrated Benitez, who has been forced to do a job without being given the proper tools.
This has led to speculation that he will leave the club when his deal comes to an end, meaning Newcastle will need to appoint a new gaffer.
With the arrival of Redfearn, some Newcastle fans are concerned that he’ll be the one to take over the reigns.
Could Redfearn be a future Newcastle manager?
The Magpies hardly have a great track record of managerial appointments during the Ashley era. While Kevin Keegan and Benitez excited the fans, they are the only real exceptions.
We’ve seen the likes of Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew drafted in, while John Carver somehow got a promotion. So understandably, some fans are worrying about the arrival of Redfearn…
Next season.. Redfearn new magpies boss as Rafa takes a champions league job
— chez (@ChezObrien) October 2, 2018
Hearing that Neil Redfearn is joining the U23 set up .. I just hope he doesn’t take over from Rafa next season that’ll be a massive downgrade #NUFC
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) October 2, 2018
‘The departure of Benitez sees Academy Coach Neil Redfearn take the reins at St James Park on an interim basis’ – NUFC February 2019 https://t.co/NcoNsT30j1
— Niall Cafferkey (@Nially_Caff) October 2, 2018
he’ll be our new manager come next season
— Peter Gallagher (@peter_gallagher) October 2, 2018
— Roger (@RogerSm92925351) October 2, 2018
Next nufc manager once rafa walks
— Chris Evans (@chris12evans) October 2, 2018