Newcastle United set to make key appointment - with ex-Leeds United man lined-up

Newcastle United are reportedly set to finalise a deal to appoint Neil Redfearn as their new under-23 manager.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 1:35 pm
Neil Redfearn is reportedly set to join Newcastle United

The Daily Mail claim that the former Leeds United and Liverpool Ladies boss, who spent time working alongside current manager Ben Dawson earlier this season, is the front-runner for the position.

Dawson, who led the young Magpies' to a successful campaign in Premier League 2, is set to move into a new role as head of coaching at the academy.

His move is part of a restructure designed to increase the number of youngsters produced by the club - something Rafa Benitez sees as key.

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Indeed this restructure could play a part in keeping the Spaniard on Tyneside, with a loan manager also set to be recruited.

And the appointment of Redfearn, an experienced former player and manager, is seen as a key one by the club.

The 53-year-old has previously managed Leeds United and Rotherham United, while he more recently dipped his toes into women's football and led Doncaster Rovers Belles to the second-tier title last season.

Redfearn was appointed Liverpool Ladies boss earlier this season but resigned at the start of the campaign.

He then worked alongside Dawson for a brief spell, and now looks set to return to St James's Park on a permanent basis.

The Mail report suggests that he is set to be beat Lee Clark to the role, with the former Newcastle and Sunderland midfielder seen as a viable candidate.