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NUFC Issue Statement Verifying Resignation Of Under-23 Coach

Newcastle United have confirmed that their Under-23 head coach Neil Redfearn has stepped down from his position with the club.

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.

20 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone seen the latest Twitter rumour? Apparently we’ve been taken over by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame.

    I’m calling rubbish.

  • hibbit

    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Redfearn’s already being linked with the managerial position at League Two Carlisle United, where Steven Pressley is coming under increased pressure after a poor run of results.
    “northern echo”

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Did he fall or was he pushed?

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Lol Micky, that rumour was around two years ago and it seemed far fetched then!

    He would definitely have the kind of cash that could turn us around, though….

    Are Mark Zuckerberg and Hairy Hands Keys mates?

  • AncientC

    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Shelvey at 70k per week is value for money. The most proven talented player in the Newcastle squad as things stand.

    The club could end up with another couple of players like Colback and Saivet—between them earning around 70k a week—and not worth a penny between them.

    I think most clubs would struggle to replace Shelvey with better for £15/20 million and 70k a week for earnings. Then again, I don’t buy that Shelvey is too slow to play PL football. Shelvey has been carrying an injury and we will see his more mobile side in coming weeks. If Shelvey can do it against Pogba and Man Utd, then the ability to cover ground is there.

  • toon22

    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m sure the traitor and his Mackem mates know someone who could be dragged in to fill the vacancy
    Or maybe whoever decides what players we buy knows someone

    Maybe Jabba could get Charnley doing that job too ?

  • martoon

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    DubaiMicky @1 – That could lead to some interesting jokes like if we score instead of cheering do all the crowd do a thumbs up – I’m sure the wags on here can do better 😀

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Ancient C, he’s on £70k / week now, he’d presumably be on significantly more than that on a new deal.

    Not saying that it’s the wrong thing to do – far from it – I’m merely surprised that he seems to be the next in line for a deal.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    be Ironic if Redfearn swapped with Pressley, wonder if Sorensen would get games either at Carlisle or here if he was back? 🙂

  • martoon

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    toon22 – I’m not sure why you continue to call Bruce a traitor? So, he was manager of the makems – he’s a professional so get over it. By your logic does that make ex-players such as Lee Clarke and Bobby Moncur traitors or even SBR who was often seen at SOL watching a makem game!

    Yes he wasn’t my first choice (or even second or third) but he is the manager of the team I support so this name calling is quite frankly childish and pathetic!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Never understood the situation with Saivet, the few games he’s had with us.he looked very good and he was outstanding for his country in the last AFCON.

    If I was him I’d want away asap, unlike Colback who seems happy doing nowt and drawing his wages. Funny thing is is that Brucie seemed to be very keen on playing him pre-season.

  • hibbit

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Bill this might interest you


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13


    I think the main clue to your observation is the third last word in your comment 10.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    hibbit you link doesn’t come up as a link o I’ve copied and pasted it again to see if it does.


  • hibbit

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    thanks Bill 😀

  • toon22

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    The traitor celebrating the Mackems scoring against us
    At SJP

  • hibbit

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #17

    anyone know whats happened to geordietom just seems to have disappeared ????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #18


    Interesting, good enough for his country but apparently not for us, very strange.

    Rafa certainly didn’t rate him yet he is still training with the 1st team and very popular by all accounts.

    Be an act of kindness I reckon to let him go on a free.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19


    Wonder if that was cos he was the manager of Sunderland at the time. Might just have something to do with it!

  • toon22

    Nov 5, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20



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