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Academy Head Gives Update On Under-23 Coaching Search


It’s been close to three weeks since Neil Redfearn walked out as the head coach of Newcastle under-23 team. For the time being, Academy head Ben Dawson has taken up his old position in place of Redfearn.

Dawson has taken the helm for two cup fixtures, a 1-0 loss at West Brom in the Premier League Cup, and a 1-1 draw against Benfica in the Premier League International Cup.

The fixtures pick up for the youngsters over the next month as they face competition on the three fronts of league play and these two cups. The lads have six matches beginning today against Stoke before a two-week break begins on 12/21.


Redfearn and Dawson– the search continues for a new under-23 coach

This heavy schedule begs the question of how the search for a new under-23 head coach is progressing. The Chronicle have spoken to Dawson about the situation surrounding the search and how the players are getting on.

This is what Dawson had to say about the youngsters and the plan going forward:

“The lads have just carried on. I don’t think much has changed and that is how it should be.

“We’re trying to put something in place where no matter who is in charge, what we do stays the same.”

It looks like Newcastle are trying to put a plan in place to counter any situations like this that occurs in the future. It’s been a blessing having Dawson at the club who was the coach of the under-23s just last season. That has made the transition that much smoother.

However, it’s a lot on Ben’s schedule at the moment as he has to coach the reserves and run the Academy at the same time. But this is an important decision for Newcastle and they need to get it right. It looks as though Redfearn was not the right fit, so the club will have to be diligent to get the right man in place for the job.

This time around, there will also be input from Steve Bruce. Hopefully, the position gets filled soon, and it will be someone who can work well with Bruce and the newly returned Steve Harper.

The Chronicle also touched on a timetable for getting in a new under-23 head coach. This is how Dawson responded:

“At this moment in time we are going to have to look at that because of the number of games coming up.

“Getting another person we think is right for the job might take some time, it might not.

“We’ll just have to wait and see as we go through the process.”

It doesn’t seem like it is going to happen too quickly from that response. But what does at Newcastle, who seem to drag out every process to it’s the agonizing end.

In the meantime, the lads are in the very capable hands of Ben Dawson. We’ll just have to wait and see who next person will be to help develop our top youngsters into future first-teamers.


23 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Rob

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  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Surely there’s an ex Newcastle player who would be interested in getting there feet wet coaching the under 23s.

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  • Jib

    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Lee Clark was pipped by Redfearn for the job.
    He’s probably waiting for decent opportunity to leave Blyth

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  • toon22

    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I cant see why any ex player would want the u23 job
    It means toeing the party line
    Becoming a Jabba yes man
    That and the fact the clubs stated policy is to not invest in the youth system, as theres no guarantee of a return for Jabbas money

    He loves selling em but isnt interested in them whatsoever

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  • Jib

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5

    When did the club state our policy is to not invest in the youth system.
    I must have missed that
    The Longstaffs must have missed it too

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  • hibbit

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    as we continue to stumble along other clubs are looking for opportunities in our area

    https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/leeds-united-opened-development-centre-17270122

    *Rumour* has it Leeds are also looking for a development site on tyneside,

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  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon 22, if I said the word Banana I bet you could turn that into some kind of Ashley agenda quote.

    I heard a Banana wanted to manage the under 23s.

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  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Myself looking towards the future, hopefully one day someone has what it takes to purchase our club and rid us of Ashley.

    My thinking 22, if an ex player wanted to get his feet wet and get his badges to become a licensed coach it wouldn’t be that bad at a club he played for.

    Maybe one day that ex player could become the manager of our club under a different more caring owner.

    Although personally If we ever get sold, I would try and convince KK to come back.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    The last time Steve Bruce was at Villa park he had a cabbage thrown at him.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I always knew Bananas in Pyjamas were shills. I could see it in their eyes, cosying up to the FCB. When every self respecting fruit knows full well MA has no respect for healthy options.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail still didnt “Pologise” for insinuating there is something wrong of inferior with less intelligent people. Bang out of order I say!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Just looking the origins of the name Lundstram and came across an Everton blog where they were drooling over him in the youth set up, so quite surprised they let him go, someone has dropped a bollock there. He’s a free agent in June as well, I wonder where he’ll end up.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    On the Lundstram name, best answer I could find that it was maybe a Swedish sailor who arrived here and Anglicised it.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM
    Comment #5

    When did the club state our policy is to not invest in the youth system.
    I must have missed that
    The Longstaffs must have missed it too

    When did the club state they would invest in the youth system, everyone must have missed that too

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 25, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I must have missed the upgrades to the training facilities and academy.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Crystal methamphetamine (“crystal meth”, “jib”, “ice”, “chalk”, “fire”) is a street drug that has increased significantly in popularity

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Wasn’t aware that jib was slang for crystal meth

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    i remember reading about him being the next big thing when he was young. wonder why they let him go.

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  • Jib

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail
    Aye those same fans that chucked a cabbage at Bruce
    took the piss out of us when we got relegated
    although apparently a banner with the slogan
    “Sob on the Tyne” is just a bit of banter

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  • Jib

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Mindshaft
    Should I feel pride that you googled my username
    or sympathy for your sad empty existence ?

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  • DaveD1000

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail
    probably a corruption of Lindstrom or something like that

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  • Jib

    Nov 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Liverpool has a strong Baltic connection
    http://nordicliverpool.co.uk/

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