Newcastle United coach put on standby to take charge of pre-season training

Neil Redfearn is on standby to take charge when Newcastle United’s players report back for the start of pre-season training.

Thursday, 27th June 2019, 4:37 pm
Updated Friday, 28th June 2019, 8:52 am
Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.

Newcastle are not expected to make any formal approaches to managerial candidates until Benitez’s contract expires on Sunday.

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However, it is unlikely that there will be an appointment before July 4, when the players are due to return for the start of pre-season training.

And 54-year-old Redfearn, the recently-appointed Under-23 head coach, is ready to move across to the first-team training centre, along with Ben Dawson, the Academy’s head of coaching, until Benitez’s successor arrives.

However, the training schedule must now be finalised without Benitez’s input.

Meanwhile, Redfearn – who has managed Leeds United and had a brief spell working with Dawson last season – revealed how he would draw on his “life and career experiences” after taking the role at the club’s Academy earlier this month.

"It's my life experiences and career experiences that I can bring, which might just give the players that bit of an edge or give them a different perspective to get themselves in there,” said Redfearn.