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What does Redfearn’s departure mean for Liverpool Women?

Neil Redfearn has resigned as Liverpool Women head coach with immediate effect after just two games in charge.

The official Liverpool FC Women’s Twitter account has reported that Neil Redfearn is no longer at the club. Little details are known as to why the new manager has resigned so soon. His sudden departure has left fans and players puzzled.

Goalkeeping coach Chris Kirkland will step in as caretaker-manager alongside assistant manager Vicky Jepson.

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Neil Redfearn arrived at the club with high hopes to take Liverpool into title-winning territory. He arrived from Doncaster Belles, replacing Scott Rogers. Redfearn brought in 12 new signings following a summer exodus of players. Three of those joined him from Doncaster, including new team captain Leandra Little.

In Redfearn’s most recent interview, he spoke about how delighted he was to be in charge of the Reds. The interview was held following his first meeting with Jurgen Klopp. Redfearn’s general attitude towards managing Liverpool Women has been positive.

Moving forward

There’s been just one game of the FA Women’s Super League 2018/19 season and Liverpool are without a head coach. With a dozen new players yet to click properly with the team, Kirkland has a big campaign ahead.

The Reds were held in high hopes to challenge Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City for the title this season. The haul of new signings have shown their skill but are yet to fully settle into the team. Most recent transfer Kirsty Linnett joined the club just one month ago.

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Following their 5-0 defeat against Arsenal, the Reds find themselves bottom of the WSL table. With Kirkland in charge, can Liverpool come back and still challenge the top teams? The girls definitely have the potential and the talent but will this unforeseen blip on the radar set them back?

It will be difficult to adapt without a manager who has already made a big impact on the team. Kirkland seems up for the task-in-hand though. In a recent interview, the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper talked about how much he is loving being part of the team. He also praised Redfearn and how strong he has been in charge. Kirkland said it was “easy to make his mind up” when the former Belles manager invited him onboard.

There’s no doubt that Kirkland will do well as caretaker-manager. A good enough job may even see him fill the position permanently. For now, Liverpool are focusing on one thing only and that’s their upcoming match against Durham in the Continental Tyres Cup.

View Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures here.

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