McClaren Considering A Surprise Appointment

There is news today in various outlets including the Northern Echo that Newcastle’s Steve McClaren is ready to bring in 28 year-old former Valencia assistant Ian Cathro.

Steve has to bring staff in this week to be ready for the players returning next week and after leaving Valencia two weeks ago for what he cited as personal reasons, Cathro is available.

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Ian Cathro – former Valencia assistant manager

It seems that Cathro is one of the top young coaches around, and he played football but only briefly in the lower leagues of Scotland.

Six years ago he was the Academy manager at Dundee United, and then three years ago he joined Portuguese side Rio Ave.

He then went with Rio Ave head coach Nuno Espirito Santo to top Spanish side Valencia last summer, as the assistant manager and two weeks ago left his post there – so as we said he is available.

At Rio Ave the two of them did very well initially and finished sixth in the league after their first season in charge, and qualified for Europe for the first time ever.

But they slipped to 11th place in their second season before moving on to a big opportunity at Valencia together.

Valencia finished 4th in the Spanish League last season just one point behind Atletico Madrid.

With Steve McClaren struggling to get Paul Simpson, Bolo Zenden and Steve Round to the coaching staff, there could be a big surprise with Cathro possibly coming in as the assistant manager.

We don’t know much about the 28 year-old Scot, but perhaps he’s another Jose Mourinho coming through the coaching ranks, or even another Alex Ferguson?

If Cathro is appointed to Steve’s coaching staff and especially as the assistant manager, it would be a really interesting appointment at Newcastle.

However in the Chronicle today it looks like Steve McClaren is close to appointing his number two at Derby, Paul Simpson as the assistant manager – but that wouldn’t rule out Ian Cathro coming is as an assistant coach.

McClaren wanted a younger coach in his team, which is one reason he was after Bolo Zenden, so Ian Cathro could be hired for that position, and he’s certainly young at just 28

What do you think?

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