Craig Hope with the Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle Under-23 head coach Neil Redfearn has walked out of his job at Newcastle.
The report states that the 54-year-old Redfearn was furious with a younger member of his staff. A meeting held last week to ease the tensions between Redfearn and the staff member has failed to resolve the matter.
Apparently, the staff member had lodged some complaints against Redfearn to head of academy Ben Dawson. This was said to have left Redfearn seething, and he has since walked out of his position.
Ben Dawson and Redfearn took over first-team training this summer when Newcastle were undergoing their search for a new head coach. Steve Bruce was appointed on July 17th while the team was in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Redfearn was named head coach for the Under-23s in June. His record this year saw him amass 10 points in 10 games in the Premier League 2 Division 2 with a record of 3 wins, 1 draw, and 6 losses.
Redfearn did not travel with the Under-23s for their match against Aston Villa this evening. The young Magpies lost that match on a late Aston Villa goal. Newcastle center-back Florian Lejeune also made his second appearance for the Under-23s in the game.
If this reporting is accurate, Newcastle will now begin the search for their fourth Under-23 manager in the last 2 years following Peter Beardsley, Ben Dawson, and Redfearn.
The report says that Newcastle refused to comment on the situation while attempts to contact Redfearn were unsuccessful.