Newcastle United Under-23s boss Neil Redfearn has told Chronicle Live that the youth facilities in place at the club are better than the ones at Leeds United.
The ex-Barnsley player was the manager of the Whites during the 2014/15 campaign, having previously held the position as a caretaker on three occasions.
He had also held roles within the academy at Leeds too and it was his job overseeing the nurturing of young players that got him the Newcastle gig.
Improvements have recently been made to Newcastle’s Little Benton complex and Redfearn believes they are better than the ones at Leeds.
He told Chronicle Live: “It is second to none. When I was at Leeds we knew we had state of the art facilities but I look at this, this is better.
“It’s a better set-up and it is a great facility for the young players. It won’t happen overnight for us and there has been a lot of change at the club, we are trying to get it going.
It seems likely that this is Redfearn’s way of having a subtle dig at Leeds United after his time at Elland Road ended as it did.
He was sacked as the club’s manager following a poor run of form and obviously the current Newcastle Under-23 manager feels that was unjust.
Newcastle might have facilities that are what Redfearn calls better than the ones in place at Leeds. The proof, however, boils down to what players emerge from the academy ranks.
The Whites over the years have probably produced more standout players than Newcastle have and continue to do so.
Redfearn is perhaps still slightly bitter over his departure from Leeds and clearly felt the need to put the boot in over the facilities.