Sheffield United Women’s head coach, Neil Redfearn, has tendered his resignation with immediate effect, ending a spell of over two years with the Championship side.
Chairman, Yusuf Giansiracusa, told sufc.co.uk: “On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Neil for his hard work in his time as a Blade. The efforts and progress of the women’s team in the last two years hasn’t gone unnoticed. Neil has played a major role in developing the women’s team and is a respected coach and figure within football. We wish Neil best wishes for his future endeavours.”
Zoe Johnson, head of women’s football at the club, added: “We were hoping for an upturn in form and confidence as we kick off our Continental Cup this weekend and are disappointed that Neil has decided to step down. He has been a fantastic leader at both Bramall Lane and Shirecliffe, the club has made progress in his time as head coach and it has been a pleasure to work alongside him.”
Redfearn commented: “I would like to thank everyone connected with Sheffield United for their support during my time as manager of the women’s team. I am proud of the players and staff, who have performed exceptionally well in an increasingly full-time league with a win percentage of 44% across all competitions, and I wish them all the very best in their future careers. It has been a real pleasure to witness and support the development of everyone we have worked with over the past couple of years and I am proud of those who continue to make progress as players and as individuals.
“I would like to thank Carl Shieber and Zoe Johnson for their continued support of the team, as well as the fans who have bought into what we have been aiming to achieve. Whilst I have really enjoyed managing Sheffield United, I feel it is the right time to step aside. I hope the club continues to challenge the best teams in the league and I look forward to seeing their progress in the coming seasons.”
For Saturday’s game against Everton at Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park (5pm kick-off), Johnson and technical director, Luke Turner, will take temporary charge.