Newcastle United have confirmed that their Under-23 head coach Neil Redfearn has stepped down from his position with the club.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 5, 2019
Last night it was reported that Redfearn had stormed out due to a conflict with a younger member of his staff. A recent meeting with Academy head Ben Dawson proved unsuccessful in clearing up the matter.
Redfearn was not present as the Under-23s took on Aston Villa in a 2-3 loss last night. After the game, the story broke that Redfearn had left the club under contentious circumstances.
The statement from the club does not provide any of the details leading to the 54-year-old’s departure. It is instead a very brief statement saying that he has stepped down.
This is the full statement on the Newcastle United website:
Newcastle United can confirm that Neil Redfearn has stepped down from his role as head coach of the club’s under-23 side.
He officially took up the position in June 2019 and also assisted Ben Dawson during the first team’s pre-season trip to China in July.
The club would like to thank Neil for his service and wishes him well for the future.
The club will now search for their fourth Under-23 head coach in the past two seasons. Let’s hope they can get someone in who can really push these young lads to make an impact at the senior level.