The Sun’s David Coverdale has added some information to the situation with Neil Redfearn’s departure. From his recent tweets, it looks like there was an internal struggle with his assistant coach Liam Bramley over player development versus results.
Neil Redfearn has now resigned. Understand players very disappointed he is leaving. #nufc
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) November 5, 2019
However, Coverdale does not make it clear as to which was the priority of the now-former head coach. If Neil Redfearn’s was emphasizing player development over the results of the Under-23s and has come out on the bottom of a power struggle, then that is extremely disappointing news.
If it’s the other way around and Redfearn was more concerned with getting points in Premier League 2 then that is not so worrying to us.
Coverdale’s tweet is very ambiguous as to which one is the concern. Though his follow up tweet about the players being upset with his departure lends credence that Redfearn may have been a popular coach with the youngsters.
Redfearn often favored playing younger players over the more experienced ones in his team selections. One instance of that was his preference for 18-year-old Dan Langley in goal over the experienced Jake Turner, who joined as a free agent this summer.
Another free agent Kyle Scott also went through a recent stretch where he did not feature much in the Under-23s with Redfearn often selecting 19-year-old Jack Young.
It’s hard to tell at the moment if Redfearn’s team selection was more results-oriented or slanted toward developing the younger players. It’s going to be very interesting to hear Redfearn’s side of the story whenever it comes out.
The role of the Under-23s manager must be weighted towards developing players for the senior level. So we hope that this latest upheaval with the Under-23s is for the right reasons.