Neil Redfearn has wrapped up his return to Newcastle United, it has been confirmed.
Newcastle have announced on their official website that Redfearn, 53, has become their new Under-23s manager, replacing Ben Dawson.
Dawson has now become the head of coaching at Newcastle’s academy.
Redfearn returns to Newcastle after leaving his role as an Under-23s coach in October of last year.
It will be interesting to see how Redfearn does while in charge of Newcastle’s Under-23s because for a club with such a wide catchment area, the Magpies have not really excelled in promoting youth players to their first team in recent years. Sean Longstaff did emerge last season but he has been an anomaly for Newcastle, who are based in a one-club city, miles away from any other team that can boast a similar reputation to their own. So why have the Magpies failed to promote youth players? Maybe it’s the cut-throat nature of the Premier League and the lack of trust put into the younger players. Maybe players like Adam Armstrong and James Tavernier could have stood out at St James’ Park if they had the chance to play in the senior squad. Redfearn will hopefully do a good job with the upcoming batch of Newcastle youngsters. The former Championship manager, who has bossed Leeds and Rotherham, has a lot of experience so he might be a decent appointment.