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?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • LGFUAD21

    Jun 23, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Not fussed about Thauvin for a second.

    Got too much in his head and has never come close to his fee hence Marseille willing to let him leave financial woes or not.

    Can’t comment on Matip but Bamford could be a tidy risk. Clearly got potential.

    I’d go all out for Clasie. He seems to have largely flown under the radar compared to other decent Dutch lads but he reminds me very much of Paul Scholes. Reckon £8m and he’s ours and we’d finally have a truly battling midfield with him in.

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Fidel Cathro

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 23, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Interesting to see if penfold will offer ANY of SM’s choices anything close to what they want. People on here have said “SM cant even attract an assistant” Well, thats just wrong… it’s the contract offers from above which are souring the deals, imo.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I haven’t seen much of Thauvin, so not really in a good position to comment. In terms of productivity, he seems no better than Cabella in the French league, maybe he is more physical, but from looking at him that doesn’t appear to be the case. I think money could be better spent on other players.

    Matip is talented, but his positioning as a centre half can often be suspect. Would definitely add goals to our defence though, and he is a big strong lad. Personally I think he will evolve into a dominant holding midfielder, rather than a centre half.

    Would take a chance on Bamford, provided it was as one of 2 or 3 centre forward arrivals.

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    We have made a solid offer for THAUVIN apparently LeBrune tried to bring him infield last season and he had a bit of a stinker.
    Supermac will play him as the class winger he truly is .

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    While there may be an element of that, Round and Neville never supposedly got that far advanced as to discuss terms. They just said no straight away. Not sure on Zenden, maybe he did speak to Charnly, but there were also reports he could be in line for the Liverpool assistant job, or even the main PSV job which would probably mean he would wait for that to materialise rather than diving straight into the first job offered.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    don’t get the interest in paul simpson at all who has failed everywhere in management and hasn’t shared success with SM anywhere.

    i would give this cathro geezer the gig ahead of simpson. Cathro could just be a masterstroke and a future manager in waiting

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    We played Rio Ave 2 years ago next month

    You can see Ian Cathro on the touchline

    I’m getting really suspicious about these coincidences . I think Supermac’s appointment has been a long term plan .

  • Chris

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10


    Personally, I don’t believe that Zenden was ever in the frame for a job at the Toon, and I don’t think he’ll be offered a job at PSV either – he certainly isn’t working there any more:

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #11

    According to this link from 11 days ago Cathro left to apply for the Rangers job . We all know Mark Warburton got that gig with David Weir.
    Now here’s the thing MW knows Ashley from his trading days at HSBC.

    Me heids starting to spin.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    So much money wasted on the likes of Riviere, Cabella, Chucky, De Jong, Gouffran, Anita …. So much faith put in names like Bigi, Street, Ferguson. You’ll probably have a good few other names of your own you could mention.

    You’ve got to question the judgment of the comedian’s old man. Okay, he did well with Perez but other clubs are getting their fair share of up and coming talent.

    People are blaming Ashley for not providing the money and for stipulating restrictive policies but Carr should have more sense than to sanction these purchases, bringing in more deadwood when it’s deadwood like Willo we need rid of. Folk are saying we mess around and try to drive too hard a bargain. Not hard enough IMO. It’s unfair to criticise his choice of the Forest lads at this stage but I’d be very surprised if they’re anything more than mediocre.


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