Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn handed Blades role

FORMER LEEDS Unitred and Rotherham United head coach Neil Redfearn has been named as the new manager of Sheffield United Women.

Neil Redfearn.

It is Redfearn's third appointment in women's football, having previously managed Doncaster Rovers Belles and Liverpool Ladies, with the latter being a brief spell in the summer of 2018.

During his time with Doncaster, the Belles won the FA WSL 2 title in May 2018, their first trophy since 1994.

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Redfearn, a legend in his playing days at Barnsley with Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City also among his other clubs, latterly worked as under-23 coach at Newcastle United, his last role in the game.

The 55-year-old enjoyed a successful spell at Leeds academy, having to bring through the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Kalvin Phillips and was head coach for most of the 2014-15 season.

He has also previously served as caretaker boss for three brief separate spells.

Redfearn replaces Carla Ward, who has since joined Birmingham.

On being appointed, Redfearn 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."

Last month, former Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom joined the Blades men's team as their lead U23 coach.