Reports emerged on Tuesday that Neil Redfearn had quit his role as Under-23 head coach at Newcastle, with the club confirming the news a few hours later.
It seemed obvious something was amiss when Redfearn was not in attendance for the second-string game at Aston Villa on Monday, which the Magpies went on to lose 3-2.
The Daily Star reported Redfearn quit due to “irreconcilable differences” between himself and his assistant, Liam Bramley – who was allegedly appointed against his wishes.
Redfearn may have only been at the club for a short time, but his stint was certainly an eventful one.
He took up the role as Under-23 head coach in June, and within a month he found himself leading the first-team for the club’s trip to China, where he was in charge – along with Ben Dawson – for the opening game against Wolves, before Steve Bruce was appointed.
After Bruce took over, he reverted to the Under-23 role, and got off to an abysmal start to the season, with his side losing the opening three Premier League 2 games, scoring a single goal and conceding 12 – including six in the opening game at Reading.
An up and down period followed with a pair of PL2 wins preceding another pair of defeats.
The Under-21 squad – which he was also in charge of – made a disastrous start to their EFL Trophy campaign, in and among the PL2 games, with Newcastle losing at both Macclesfield and Shrewsbury.
Redfearn seemed to steady the ship, somewhat, with the side unbeaten in three games, prior to the defeat at Villa.
But after the exploits of the youngsters last season, big things were expected, and with Redfearn in charge, a repeat never seemed likely.
Newcastle fans were not disappointed at the news of Redfearn’s departure
News of his departure was not met with any great disappointment, in fact, most fans seem to be relieved he is gone, when they responded to the club’s announcement on Twitter.
Of course, it was also greeted with the usual dose of Geordie humour as well. Here are a selection of the replies:
Is this the quickest #NUFC have ever confirmed a non-Corbyn related news story????
— Ian (@ian_riches) November 5, 2019
Won’t be missed.
— Mick.🇬🇧Brexit for Britain (@MicknDenise1978) November 5, 2019
— Jonathan Jones (@cornedbeefpie) November 5, 2019
— Stephen Charles (@Charlieboi554) November 5, 2019
Shola In 😂😂
— Dean S (@S91Dean) November 5, 2019
— Andrew Wells (@Wellzy95nufc) November 5, 2019
Another embarrassing story… Mickey mouse evens for next managet
— Shadders (@Shadders86) November 5, 2019
thank god, he was garbage
— TX_Maximis🏁 (@toon_tx) November 5, 2019