According to various local reports this morning, former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn is now in ‘pole position’ to land the NUFC U-23’s job – with a big shake-up expected at Academy level this summer.
The Chronicle reveal that current boss Ben Dawson is set to take up a ‘technical role’ at the ‘top of the Academy ladder’, with it positive to hear that he is remaining at the club after a hugely promising season with the U-23’s.
It’s also reported that the club will appoint a new U-18’s manager, with a loan co-ordinator also set to be introduced – a wise idea given how badly Elias Sorensen’s recently spell with Blackpool went!
As highlighted by the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope below, it looks like Redfearn could be taking over the reserves after recent interviews:
Redfearn has actually been involved at U-23 level on Tyneside recently, being assistant manager for a spell last season, so the former Leeds and Rotherham boss will be no stranger to Ben Dawson or Newcastle United.
The 53-year-old had a recent stint as head coach of Liverpool Women’s team last year, but left after just 3 months in charge.
Lee Ryder has also revealed that Neil Winkskill looks set to take over the U-18’s next season, replacing Dave Watson; who has now left the club.
Let’s hope this Academy revamp is an indicator that Rafa Benitez is staying at the club this summer, with it being widely reported that the Spaniard wanted to see big changes at youth level.