Lee Ryder in the Chronicle writes this morning that Neil Redfearn may not after all take over as caretaker manager when the players report back to training.
He is reporting that Ben Dawson, who recently was appointed as the clubs Academy’s Head of Coaches in the recent restructuring, could instead be appointed to lead the first team.
This is what Lee writes:
Dawson was supposed to be taking up a technical role at the club’s Academy as head of coaches.
But the organisational skills of the former FA man may now be utilised at the senior end of the club’s Benton HQ.
Dawson could be assisted by Neil Redfearn while goalkeeper coach Simon Smith is also still on board.
This may be a better appointment in our opinion then Redfearn as long as it is only for a couple of weeks.
Ben did an excellent job coaching the reserves last week and is from the area. He has also been at the club for a number of years.
However, Newcastle really need to get the ball rolling on the manager search. Other clubs seem to have a plan B while Newcastle never do.
Yesterday in his interview with George Caulkin, Rafa Benitez stated that he was surprised Newcastle released a statement of his departure even though he had informed them he would not be returning unless they accepted his demands.
We wonder how long Newcastle have had to prepare for life after Rafa. It seems he was adamant that he would not accept the contract on offer and if Mike Ashley was unwilling to negotiate, then the writing was on the wall so to speak.
A replacement should have been in the works once the talks reached this level of contention. They must have believed Rafa would cave and sign the contract but you never leave something this important to chance.
We will see how things progress this week and we just hope some news comes of a takeover.