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Neil Redfearn announced as women's head coach

28 August 2020

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Sheffield United is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Redfearn as United women's new head coach.

Redfearn takes over after previous spells in the women's game with Doncaster Rovers Belles and Liverpool, the former of which he won the league with in 2018.

The 55-year-old has also managed Leeds United and Rotherham United in the men's game before most recently working at Newcastle United with the Under 23 side.

The former Belles manager takes charge with immediate effect ahead of next weekend's season opener against London City Lionesses.

The new Blades head coach said: "It's very exciting. It's a massive club and the women's team has made good strides over the past couple of seasons, so it's a good place to be.

"I really enjoyed my time at Belles and Liverpool, women's football is really on the up and Sheffield United have been a big part of that. It's a really exciting place to be."

Redfearn led the Belles to eleven wins out of twelve during his last spell in the league, guiding a team which included current Blades Leandra Little, Jade Pennock, Sophie Walton and Emily Batty to the title two years ago.

"It's important because they know how I work and it helps the transition for the rest of the girls. It's a case of trying to get us in a position where we can have a really positive season again. Those that were at the Belles, they know the route, they know the way, they know how to get out of this division."

Chief executive officer, Stephen Bettis, added: "We are delighted to welcome Neil, he is experienced in women's football and we hope he will help Sheffield United continue on the upward trajectory of the past couple of seasons."

United women kick off their third FA Women's Championship campaign at London City Lionesses on Sunday 6th September (2pm) before returning to the Proact against Leicester City on Sunday 13th September (2pm), a game which will be streamed live at

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