In a shock move, Liverpool Women and Neil Redfearn have parted company today. In an official statement from the club, it has been revealed that Redfearn has resigned as head coach of the club with “immediate effect.”
The news comes after a 5-nil defeat to Arsenal in the opening match of the FA Women’s Super League last weekend. It also caps a rather tumultuous summer for the club that saw massive player and coach upheaval over the break. In fact, the club saw 10 senior players and coaches depart from the first team and take places among their rivals. Among the departures were former captain and England international Gemma Bonner, who left the club for Manchester City, and coach Scott Rogers, who oversaw the squad for the previous 3 seasons.
This latest blow to the club gives the air of an organization in a shambles. Bottom of the table, a team gutted, and now without a leader. To add a bit of salt to that wound, it appears to have been an inevitable turn of events as this backslide has not been recent. As was reported here by our own Jordan Keeble, the departure of Rogers in June was merely a line of long decline for the club and it appears that this is but a marker on that trend.
As it stands, there is no hard and fast reasoning given for the departure. The statement provided by the club contains no actual comment from Redfearn nor is there any further public comment from anyone involved at the club.
Stay tuned for more on this developing situation as it comes.