Neil Redfearn quit as head coach of Newcastle’s under-23 side this week, with him apparently unhappy with events behind the scenes, but could there have been a ulterior motive?
A report in the Edinburgh Evening News claims that Redfearn is on the list of potential replacements for the recently sacked Paul Heckingbottom at Hibernian.
It could see Redfearn up against former Sunderland manager Jack Ross for the role, with the sacked Black Cats boss being the current front-runner for the post.
The report claims Redfearn has admirers among the Hibs hierarchy, although it also suggests he is interesting Barnsley over their vacant manager’s role.
The club is currently under the guidance of caretaker manager Adam Murray, but have failed to win a game since the club sacked Daniel Stendel in October.
Redfearn is considered a legend at Barnsley
The Barnsley link is interesting, with Redfearn idolised at Oakwell, having made 292 appearances for the Tykes between 1991 and 1998. He is likely to be a popular choice with the Barnsley fans, should he take over at the club.
With him being linked to first-team managerial roles so soon after leaving Newcastle, it could suggest that he saw himself as more than just an under-23 coach.
It could be that he has an eye on a bigger role at another club, and the issues behind the scenes at Newcastle could have surfaced at the ideal time for Redfearn.
Time will tell where his next move will be, but having managed in the women’s game, and also at youth levels, the next logical step for Redfearn would be into a senior coaching role at a professional club.