Former Leeds United and Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn has landed a job at Premier League side Newcastle United as coach of the club’s Under-23s side.

Former Leeds United and Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn has been appointed as Newcastle United’s Under-23s coach, Training Ground Guru has reported.

The Newcastle Chronicle reported last week that Neil Redfearn was a front runner for the Under-23s coach role, which has become vacant after Ben Dawson – who came into replace Peter Beardsley – reportedly took up a role as Head of Coaching. The North East club are currently shuffling their academy system as Rafa Benitez looks to improve the Magpies’ academy.

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Redfearn has previously worked with Newcastle United with Ben Dawson, working as assistant coach of the club’s Under-23s. However, he left his role with the club for only one month due to the short-term nature of his contract.

Redfearn had three spells as caretaker manager of Leeds United from 2012 to 2014, before being given the role on a permanent basis in November 2014. He guided them to a 15th place finish amid the madness of life under Cellino and left the club at the end of the season. During his time with the club, Redfearn oversaw the development of Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram, Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Cook.

In October of 2015, Redfearn returned to senior management, penning a two-and-a-half-year deal to become manager of Rotherham United. The 53-year-old was in charge of the Millers until February 2016, after being sacked as manager with the club sat in 22nd place.

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