How Neil Redfearn's Newcastle role is already reaping rewards
Ben Dawson says Neil Redfearn's already had a big impact at Newcastle United.
The former Leeds United manager is assisting Under-23 coach Dawson at the club on a short-term basis.
Redfearn was in the dugout alongside Dawson for Tuesday night’s 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Notts County at Meadow Lane.
And Dawson, also helped by goalkeeping coach Steve Harper, is grateful for Redfearn’s input.
“It’s been great having him in as a sounding board, but also to be able to speak the lads on the training pitch and (at Meadow Lane) we were discussing things as the game went on,” said Dawson.
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“It’s made a real difference in a short space of time that he’s been in.”
Dawson believes the experience his players gain in the Checkatrade Trophy will prove invaluable.
“It’s a change to what we’re used to, but, in fairness, the Fulham game (which Newcastle won 5-2) was a pretty tough game in a different way in that they moved the ball really quickly.
“It was a real test for us, and league opposition is a different test. We’ve had the kitchen sink thrown at us and managed to keep a clean sheet, and at the other end taken two of our chances.”