Earlier this week, Neil Redfearn left his position as Newcastle Under-23 head coach under contentious circumstances. There was reportedly some friction between him and his assistant Liam Bramley.
Redfearn had been appointed to the position in June and was the third Under-23 head coach in the past two years. Now Newcastle will undergo a search for Redfearn’s replacement.
It is an endeavor that Steve Bruce would like to have some say in. Speaking to the Chronicle, this is what Bruce had to say about the search for the next Under-23 head coach:
“I would like to think I would have some sort of input. Academies are there for the future of all clubs. So there will have to be a certain structure in there.
“All managers expect that but if I can have an input, which I hope I will have, we can come up with somebody who can fill the role and do it well.”
Steve Bruce has taken a keen interest in the Academy since joining Newcastle. He has attended numerous games and has a good track record of bringing through young players.
Steve Bruce and Steve Clemence– attending an Under-23 game
It makes perfect sense that Bruce would like some input in the process. Bruce should also have many contacts in the game and may even have some coaches in mind that Newcastle could take a look at.
The Academy is an area that Newcastle need to improve drastically in the coming years. Far too few youngsters have had an impact on the Newcastle first team. While the Longstaff brothers both have recently broken through, they are exceptions rather than the rule.
While Newcastle have been making the right noises in terms of improving the Academy, they need to make sure they bring in the right coaches to develop their top prospects. With his wealth of experience, Steve Bruce can be an asset in finding that person.