Date: 2nd July 2019 at 5:31pm
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Loads of Newcastle fans have been sharing their dismay in reports by the Northern Echo, which suggested the Magpies board have lined up Neil Redfearn as United’s interim boss following Rafa Benitez’s exit.

The Spaniard officially left his duties at St James’ Park on Sunday, June 30, and has since been appointed the new head coach of Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang.

Redfearn, on the other hand, was only appointed to his new position as our Under 23s head coach last month, but has emerged as a surprise candidate to take up a senior position in United’s new managerial set-up, starting with our pre-season plans.

The former Leeds United manager is due to take control of the first-team during the opening weeks of training, but could stay on in the role heading into the Premier League Asia Trophy later this month.

Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley may then leave Redfearn in control while they hold negotiations with potential full-time managers, having so far made no meaningful progress in finding the man to fill Benitez’s shoes after their leading options either distanced themselves from the Magpies or have been deemed too expensive to recruit.

The reason why most fans fear the potential of Redfearn taking up an interim first-team managerial position with United, is that the Dewsbury-born 54-year-old has only taken a full-time senior head coach role on two occasions with professional men’s sides – once with Leeds and once with Rotherham United.

His time with the Whites came about after a caretaker stint in charge of the Elland Road natives and working as the assistant to various managers, before he left West Yorkshire with a 1.21 points-per-game average in 2015.

Rotherham gave the former Crystal Palace and Barnsley midfielder a return to the dugout later that year, but parted ways after 21 games, having taken five wins and recording a minus-14 goal difference.

Here’s how these Newcastle fans reacted when the Northern Echo claimed Redfearn was being lined up as a potential interim boss…

 
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