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Neil Redfearn to take charge of start of Newcastle United pre-season – Report

8 months ago
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It is reported on Friday morning that Neil Redfearn is set to be in charge when Newcastle United kick off their pre-season preparations.

Redfearn spent a short temporary spell working for a month in Autumn 2018 with Newcastle’s reserve side.

Then last week was confirmed as coming back to be the full-time NUFC reserve side manager/coach.

Three days later of course, that Newcastle United statement confirmed Rafa Benitez wouldn’t be staying beyond his current contract.

The Shields Gazette have today said that Newcastle won’t be rushing their appointment of a new manager (head coach?) and that instead are waiting until sometime next week before even making any formal approaches to candidates they may be interested in.

The report continuing that it is expected then that Neil Redfearn will be the one who takes charge of pre-season when the players return on Thursday, until somebody is appointed. The head of the Academy, Ben Dawson, is also expected to become involved, at least temporarily, with the first team as well.

Neil Redfearn was Leeds manager for six months from November 2014 to May 2015 before being replaced, whilst he then only lasted four months (October 2015 to February 2016) at Rotherham before getting the sack.

As well as coaching roles, his other managerial experience has been as caretaker boss of Halifax Town and York City and as manager of Scarborough, Northwich Victoria.

Though most recently, Neil Redfearn moved into women’s football and after managing Doncaster Belles, he later went to Liverpool Ladies but then resigned after only one game in charge, a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal. That was in September 2018 and he almost immediately then spent that brief period working with Newcastle reserves.

Even with Rafa Benitez remaining in charge this summer looked to be a challenging one, after two years with no proper investment meaning Rafa would have to be playing catch up after patching up the squad with loans and budget buys in the main.

However, with now Rafa going, no Rondon, as well as now passing the halfway point of the transfer window with not a single signing made, you couldn’t really imagine a more chaotic scenario.

The NUFC squad begin their pre-season preparations at the end of next week and only a week later will be flying off to China.

As it stands we are only six weeks away from the new season and when the squad returns from that Premier League Asia Trophy, there will be less than three weeks to go until kicking off against Arsenal in the opening game.

Not surprisingly, Newcastle fans are currently finding it very difficult to see a happy ending to all of this…

As for who the next manager/head coach ends up being, after appointments such as John Carver and JFK in the past, you can never say never in terms of who Mike Ashley could bring in. Especially when his preferred set-up is a stooge who has no authority or say on transfer and is simply tasked with training and picking the team.

I think if given a free bet, we would all see more chance of Neil Redfearn being in charge than the daft rumours of the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger being prepared to work for Mike Ashley.

Whoever does end up getting the job, on a temporary or permanent basis, it is going to be an ‘interesting’ five or so weeks before the season kicks off.

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