Neil Redfearn was announced as the new manager for the Ladies with all the pomp and ceremony expected of a new signing, including pictures and video with Liverpool CEO Peter Moore. Redfearn, to his credit, has a long history of managing and playing. He most recently managed the Doncaster Belles into the top tier of the FA Women’s Super League before joining Liverpool.
Speaking on the appointment, Redfearn sounded confident and excited, but of course he just got a new job so I surely hope so.
“It is a massive privilege and real honour for me to have been appointed as manager of Liverpool Ladies. It is a team with big potential which should be challenging for trophies on a regular basis,” Redfearn said.
“Liverpool Football Club is a huge club and I have every confidence that we will be competing at the top end of the Women’s Super League this season. I am over the moon to have been given this opportunity and cannot wait to get started.”
He’s not wrong that Liverpool should be challenging for trophies on a regular basis, but the rest of the club isn’t really exuding that philosophy by continuing to let starters leave. Despite Redfearn’s fairly dense resume, that includes time managing another club perpetually in crisis, it’s hard to be excited about this appointment.
It’s looking more and more like there won’t be much of a team to manage next season as most recently Sophie Ingle, who was voted Player of the Year this year, and captain Gemma Bonner were announced this week to have joined Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
Unless Redfearn has some big plans for the development squad or some big names to sign in the coming months, it’s going to take a lot of work and time to challenge for those trophies.