Former Leeds United, Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn signs new two-year deal at Sheffield United Women after impressive maiden campaign in charge

Neil Redfearn, the former Leeds and Rotherham United manager, has signed a new two-year deal to remain in charge of Sheffield United Women until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:46 pm

Redfearn, who succeeded Carla Ward as Blades boss ahead of the current campaign, led United to a top-four finish in the FA Women’s Championship season. They rounded off their campaign with victory over Blackburn on Sunday and finished just a point behind former WSL side Liverpool – another of Redfearn’s former clubs.

Redfearn’s staff will also remain at Bramall Lane. Luke Turner will become his assistant, while Josh Dowsett continues as goalkeeping coach and Shaun Hird will again combine his coaching role with his work at the regional talent centre. Adam Kennerley will join the set-up as strength and conditioning coach for next season.

Stephen Bettis, United’s chief executive, said: "After a competitive finish in his first season in charge, we are delighted that Neil has committed for two more years, the aim being to continue to progress."

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Redfearn insisted recently that the Blades are close to fulfilling their ambition of promotion to the WSL - and competing at the top level.

He told The Star: "We are still developing where we need to be but I'm really pleased with how the girls have applied themselves and the club's backed it 100 per cent.

“The group is probably missing two or three players that can make us capable of stepping to the next level and competing. We are not far off with what we have got."

Sheffield United Women manager Neil Redfearn: Darren Staples/Sportimage