Newcastle United's Under-23 coach Neil Redfearn will take charge of pre-season if the club doesn't appoint a permanent manager by Thursday when the players return from their holidays, according to a report.
The Chronicle have claimed that Redfearn is the favourite to take temporary charge of the first-team, with the club set to fly out to China for their pre-season matches in a fortnights time.
Redfearn was appointed coach of the Under-23's last season, and when he first arrived, the last thing he would have expected is taking charge of first-team duties at any point.
Well, the goings-on of the last week have resulted in the club being in a mess, with pre-season around the corner and the new Premier League campaign set to begin in August.
Given what has happened at the club in recent weeks, months and years, it won't be a surprise if Redfearn is giving orders in China in a few weeks time.
If Benitez's departure was a shock to the system for the supporters then it will have the same effect to the players when they return next week.
During his career, Redfearn is most known for his spell at Leeds United, as he could face a big task in motivating the players next week because they will no doubt be deflated from Benitez's absence.
It remains to be seen what road Newcastle go down for as they look for a new manager for the first time in three years. In previous seasons, the likes of Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew have been appointed.
If someone of similar ilk walks through the St James' Park doors then it'll infuriate the supporters even more because their relationship with their owner is already toxic.
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