Neil Redfearn

Where is Neil Redfearn now?

A prolific scorer for a midfielder, former Barnsley captain Neil Redfearn finally retired from playing in 2008 after spells in the lower leagues with a number of teams.

It was during this time that Redfearn got his first taste of management with spells as caretaker manager of Halifax Town and York City as well as permanent roles at Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.

In 2009, he was appointed as the under 18’s academy coach at Leeds United and was thrust into the manager’s job in a caretaker capacity when Simon Grayson and then Neil Warnock left the club.

In 2013 upon the appointment of Brian McDermott as Leeds United manager, he took on the role of first team coach at the club.

Upon the arrival of new owner Massimo Cellino and the subsequent sacking of first McDermott and then replacement Dave Hockaday (after six games), Redfearn took over the team as caretaker manager winning three out of four games returning to his coaching role when the club appointed manager Darko Milanic.

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Milanic was sacked by Cellino after only 32 days and Redfearn was once again back in the hot seat as the club’s new head coach.

Unfortunately his tenure lasted just 33 games and having won 11 games and drawing seven he was replaced at the end of the season by Uwe Rosler and returned to his former role as head of the club’s academy.

In July 2015, Redfearn left the Elland Road side claiming that the club made his position ‘untenable’ and that they had ‘refused to let him take up the position he was promised’.

He wasn’t out of football for long and was appointed the new manager of Championship side Rotherham United in October 2015.

Unfortunately his time at the club was short-lived and he was sacked in February 2016 after one win in nine games left the club in the relegation places.

Redfearn made a return to football in December 2017 when he was appointed as head coach of woman’s team Doncaster Belles and successfully guided them to the FA WSL 2 title six months later.

He was on the move just a month later when he joined Liverpool Ladies as manager but resigned in September 2018 after just one game (a 5-0 loss to Arsenal Women).

In June 2019 Redfearn was appointed assistant manager of Newcastle United under 23’s but left just five months into the role after a reported bust-up with a member of his coaching staff.

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Neil Redfearn: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forBarnsley, Bradford City, Charlton Athletic

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