Newcastle United academy duo set to take first-team training as Magpies squad prepares for Benton return

Newcastle United academy duo Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson are set to take first-team training, with the Magpies still looking to replace Rafa Benitez.

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 11:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 12:52 pm
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ben Dawson Manager of Newcastle United u23s looks on during the Premier League Cup Final match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on May 08, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The United squad are back at the club’s Benton training base tomorrow, but the club are yet to find a successor to Spaniard Benitez, who left the club at the end of his three-year contract on Sunday.

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The club are reportedly set to approach the Belgian FA for permission to speak to Roberto Martinez imminently, with Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta also thought to be under consideration. But as yet, the Magpies are without a manager and coaches with Benitez taking Paco de Miguel, Mikel Antía and Antonio Gómez with him to Dalian Yifang.

Last season Dawson was the club’s under-23 coach but was promoted to the academy head of coaching in a summer rejig, which saw former Liverpool Women coach Redfearn join.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 14: Roberto Martinez, Head coach of Belgium shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)