Ex-NUFC coach and sacked Sunderland boss now battling for the same job – Report

Neil Redfearn is being linked with a return to management, no sooner than the ink on his resignation letter has dried, with him now battling ex-Sunderland boss Jack Ross for the vacant Hibernian job.

Our former U-23 coach refused to travel with the team on Monday night for the 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa after a rumoured row with fellow coach Liam Bramley led to a complaint to Ben Dawson.

Then on Tuesday it was confirmed that his official notice had been received and accepted by the club, leaving us searching for our 4th coach in 2 years for the U23’s.

However, if reports north of the border are to be believed, Redfearn has admirers in the boardroom at Hibernian.

The Edinburgh club sacked Paul Heckingbottom on Monday, and Redfearn is on a shortlist of potential new managers, although the report in the Edinburgh Evening News says that recently sacked Sunderland manager Jack Ross is still the firm favourite for the job.

Redfearn’s departure came as a surprise to all at Newcastle. Despite only winning 4 of his 13 games this season, it’s been reported he was popular amongst the players due the fact he treated them like adults.

He also stepped up to first team duties alongside Dawson in the summer, following Benitez’s departure, and helped guide the senior squad through a difficult pre-season while Ashley and Charnley were negotiating with Sheffield Wednesday for Bruce’s services.

It’s certainly the last thing the development squad needed after the Peter Beardsley saga was so poorly handled by the club, and with the team current 4th bottom of the 2nd division, here’s hoping there is a new man in place soon.

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