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Newcastle To Appoint 28 year-old Scot As Assistant Manager

3:22 pm, Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 129 Comments

Ian Cathro is being reported as being the new number two at Newcastle,  and will become assistant manager at Newcastle United.

Ian is only 28 years old but spent last season as the assistant manager at Valencia, and he is very highly regarded in coaching circles and is an exciting appointment at Newcastle.

ian cathro

Ian Cathro – new Newcastle assistant manager

This will be looked on as a froward-looking appointment and who knows maybe Ian if he does well at Newcastle could eventually take over as the Newcastle had coach some time in the future.

We remember back in 1999 when Sir Bobby Robson tried to bring in his assistant manager at Barcelona – Jose Mourinho – but at the time Jose wanted to get a manager job somewhere else.

Cathro is one of the top young coaches around, and he played football professionally, 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 (Nuno Espirito Santo) to Spanish side Valencia last summer, as the assistant manager and just over two weeks ago left his post there – and cited family reasons for leaving.

At Rio Ave the two of them did very well initially and finished sixth in the league after their first season in charge.

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

This looks like an exciting appointment for Newcastle, although it has not been announced on the Newcastle web-site yet – so we assume this means Paul Simpson from Derby County will not be joining Steve McClaren on Tyneside as his assistant manager.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News




129 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Ashley Out !

  • 2 midweek weekend // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Great, now let’s sign some players!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Jeezus H Christ, if the reports are correct what a huge step up from Carver.

  • 4 stan anderson // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Thats it then am ganna renew me ticket.
    Let the good times roll.
    Ashley OOT

  • 5 Macas // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Mr Magpie -So I post a statment you don’t agree with and automatically I am a wum? Williamson was voted player of the season on this blog the season before last so it can’t be that nonsensical. Personally I think he’s a decent backup, and makes no more mistakes than the rest of the defence. If we want to achieve anything we need an upgrade though. Janmatt looks good going forward but isn’t so strong at the back in my opinion, and makes a fair few mistakes.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    From previous.
    Howay Macas, Jaanmatt is a different class to Simpson, although football wise I was a fan of his it’s just that he wasn’t quite good enough to be first choice but was left as that due to penny pinching. We need back up players to be at the very least to be as good as him to keep the number one choices on their toes, having odd job men does not breed competition for places.

  • 7 JamesToon // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Even if Cathro joins there’s still a first team coach vacancy available which is where Paul Simpson could come

  • 8 Macas // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Jail – Overall Janmatt is a better player than Simpson due to how effective he is on the wing, but for me Simpson was the more solid defender.

  • 9 Slank // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Don’t know anything about Cathro but having gone to Spain as a ‘nobody’ he must be a determined character to have survived and prospered in a foreign land.

    I have a feeling he is going to be good and is a very welcome addition hopefully with new ideas and methods.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I’ve heard the first thing that Cathro does when starting a new job is ask who can take corners.

  • 11 JamesToon // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Slank
    Cathro will be a breathe of fresh air, a visionary, a major upgrade on carver/stone

  • 12 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France · 27m27 minutes ago
    Newcastle United make €17m bid for Aymen Abdennour: The Situation http://goo.gl/Jt6A7V

  • 13 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Macas
    The wum statement was sarcasm but apologies if it caused offence, you are entitled to your opinion.

    I personally think Williamson is one of the worst cb’s we have had in a long time & i would let him leave on a free with immediate effect. Not only is his defending dreadful but he constantly hoof’s the ball forward giving possesion straight back to the opposition on a regular basis.

    If we had 4 Janmaat’s in defence last season i doubt we would have conceded anywhere as many goals as we did, however 4 Williamson’s & i dread to think how many we would have conceded.

  • 14 Slank // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Macas

    Yes I agree about Janmaat. Today’s fullbacks have to be good going forward, which Janmaat certainly is.

    Simpson was the better defender but used to get a nose bleed if he crossed the half way line. It’s a balance and on balance Janmaat is by far the better fullback.

  • 15 Novocastrian66 // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Macas; that must be wind up. Simpson a better defender than Janmatt? Not in any way.

  • 16 JamesToon // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Don’t know much about abdennour. Anyone know if he’s any good?

  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    thought he didn’t want to come
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/magpies-make-12m-bid-for-monaco-defender/

  • 18 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Jamestoon

    I would be amazed if we landed this lad.All the top clubs are sniffing around, But if the report is true then it shows what we are prepared to splash out…”If ” being the operative word

  • 19 hibbit // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    james toon he is that good we wont get him

  • 20 Macas // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Mr Magpie – No offence taken. I’m not claiming Williamson is a top defender, but think he gets a lot more stick for his actual defending than he deserves because of his lack of ability on the ball and because he’s an easy target. If you look at his regular partners last season in Coloccini and Janmatt I think they were equally culpable in terms of mistakes in defence.

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Could be shaping up for a good summer IF some of these players come

  • 22 JamesToon // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Bournemouth made £8m bid for Mings. If we can’t get Garbutt/Robertson we need to go for this lad

  • 23 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Tfl

    If everything is to believed in the press, No player wants to sign for us pal. The list gets shorter by the day !!

  • 24 Uncertain Toon // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    I am certain this Cathro bloke will be a good acquisition.
    We all respect Pedro, but cathro’s second task(after finding out who takes the corners!) must be an overhaul of the u21’s inner workings.

  • 25 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Mings is off to Bournemouth for £8m according to the Guardian?!

  • 26 Slank // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Jazzyp @ 12

    ‘Newcastle United make €17m bid for Aymen Abdennour’

    I’ve read the various articles concerning this player and his advisors / family. They have said that they are interested in West Ham because of London and Liverpool because of their European credentials. They are not interested in Newcastle.

  • 27 Carl92 // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31807179 Quality article about Cathro from earlier this year

  • 28 cyprus // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Don’t want to be ageist but 28 seems awfully young. Coloccini could be his… dad.

    Anyway, seems like a wunderkind eh.

    New ideas and all that.

    PS. Steve, don’t forget: set plays’ specialist.

  • 29 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    17m.. Andennour. Lol

    He’s being chased by Barcelona and juventus and Arsenals. Season ticket sales must be low. We’ll probably afford his socks.

  • 30 hibbit // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    jazzyp its bishop playing with your ….they make a low bid on a play we have no hope of getting in the hope that some fans will buy season tickets…….. mr bishop hard at work

  • 31 JamesToon // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    I think things will start to look a bit more positive and we will start to see things happen.

  • 32 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France · 14m14 minutes ago
    Rémy Cabella’s father: “My son is happy at Newcastle. We’ve had no discussions with Marseille or anyone.” (L’Équipe)

    As I said earlier speculation makes for a good debate. because truthfully no one knows what the hell is going off regarding transfers.
    Matip and Thauvin were coming in last week.
    Week before it was The 6.5ft dutch giant. No incomings is making for a worrying time !

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    We should get Mings for 8 million rather than messing about trying to sign a guy from Monaco who does not want to sign for us !!

  • 34 hibbit // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    james what sort of things are you expecting

  • 35 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Cathro is actually a very exciting signing as an assistant manager. He looks like potentially to be one of the best managers in the game in the future.

  • 36 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Macas
    Coloccini is not far behind him based on recent performances. I would personally get rid of both & bring in 2 new cb’s & let Lascelles, Taylor & Dummett fight over the place on the subs bench.

  • 37 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Hibbit

    That’s why I said I would be amazed if we landed this lad as all the top teams are sniffing around him .

  • 38 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I like what I have read about ian cathro
    will we be grooming him as the next manager after McLaren

  • 39 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Cathro sounds good
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/new-newcastle-assistant-manager-ian-cathro-reveals-footballing-philosophy/

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    I’m with macas on Williamson, like Simpson he is not good enough to be first choice but penny pinching has seen him as the only choice for the majority of the last four years, we see the best of him when he’s fighting for his place and more often than not as with the other defenders their places are guaranteed whether they ship four or five goals or not. This has to change.

  • 41 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    So,i am feeling a general consensus of acceptance of cathro. I have not followed his career at all,never even heard of him until a couple of days ago.

    Basically, is cathro a good appointment? Genuine question.

  • 42 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Mr magpie

    Considering how many goals we have consistently shipped in every season apart from Janmaat , I would sell the lot. The defence for along time now has leaked goals for fun.

  • 43 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Jazzy
    Fair point media guff regarding players

  • 44 optimistic prime // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    What about the other Schteeves are they coming to?

    Black and Round?

  • 45 hibbit // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    the first one out the door for me would be taylor then colo then willo

  • 46 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    YCMIU

    He is an excellent appointment, a man with enthusiasm and knows what he’s doing

  • 47 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    I think Veltman could be a more realistic signing than Abdennour as he would probably only cost about 5-6m & heitinga has just signed for Ajax which could allow him to leave.

  • 48 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    TFL

    That’s the thing mate, We don’t know if its “guff”or not.
    Would love it to be true as it would show serious intention.
    But on past transfer windows we are all aware of the boards past failings

  • 49 Tsunki // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Blog feelgood factor today make the most of it everyone ha ha. I hope this is building up to something good.

  • 50 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    @youcouldntmakeit up

    Cathro is very promising signing. I never heard of him until people on here put a link about him very reliable sites. He seems to have a glowing reputation in the game and very well respected. He brings fresh new ideas into player development.

  • 51 Uncertain Toon // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Carl92 @27

    Good read that, cheers pal
    The guy really sounds like a breath of fresh air.
    As far as his age is concerned, the old adage ‘if you’re good enough you’re old enough’ seems to fit well.
    Shouldn’t be getting me hopes up really!

  • 52 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    I guess black is coming in as fitness coach because Dave Billows has been released

  • 53 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    @toonfromleeds

    Whwee you get news Dave billows is released. Dave came in with great reviews with people saying he’s like a great signing. But our injuries this season was pathetic and fitness levels look ridiculous.

    Good riddance if true.

  • 54 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    YCMIU,
    Yes. Without a shadow of a doubt. I heard good things about him when he was at Dundee, and have kept up to date with thing bout him since, and he is an exciting appointment. A proper coach, one that has dedicated his professional life to developing these skills and techniques, rather than someone who has fallen into it.

    I’ve been saying for a few years that clubs, not just us, need to start looking at these career coaches, rather than the ex pro old boys club. Finally people seem to be starting to take notice. There are many more of a similar ilk to Cathro, that are working around the world who have excellent credentials and are studying and learning the game in different settings.

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    *things about

  • 56 John Tudor // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    so full of shit this club

  • 57 Belfast // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Ah right the bloke that was brought in to stop the injuries. I bet he felt like a right dic* last season lol

  • 58 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    https://www.facebook.com/WeAreGeordiesTillWeDie/photos/a.171633313025113.1073741829.160395267482251/415113545343754/?type=1

  • 59 Uncertain Toon // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Lil,

    Agree with that mate and if it comes to fruition shows a genuine move in a new direction for us, it even sounds slightly exciting!

  • 60 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    ilovetoon8788
    It’s in the chronicle

  • 61 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    from Chroincle
    “But it is understood that Newcastle have opted against renewing the contract of the club’s head of fitness Dave Billows.

    The Magpies appointed Billows a year ago after he had spent 13 years at Everton.

    Billows was also renowned for working with WBO International Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, but his time at Newcastle appears to have come to an end.”

  • 62 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    To be fair, I heard Billows was gone a couple of weeks ago. Thought it was common knowledge already, rather then it being news that he won’t be kept on.

  • 63 John Tudor // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    we are being spun a web of lies and being conned into parting with your cash

  • 64 Uncertain Toon // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    I am astounded to learn the fact we had a fitness coach last season!!!!!!!!

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Remember folks for every bit of good news at the club there are two or three nasty surprises waiting to be revealed !

  • 66 lesh // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Why shouldn’t Simpson join McClaren too? Are we certain Cethro’s coming in as Assistant HC?

    So, if Simpson really isn’t coming in, then it may add credence to the story that what he was offered wasn’t enough.

  • 67 Mag52 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    The Cathro news could signal a player or two from Valencia ending up at SJP.
    They had a good season last year.

  • 68 optimistic prime // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Cathro sounds good but it’s all ifs to me.

    I’ll beleive it when I see it, same as the transfers.

    I’m keeping my Negatron head on for now.

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    What about new players Lee? It’s just possible we might need some of them as well. Harrumph.

  • 70 Carl92 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    @Uncertain Toon
    Ne worries bud
    I definitely think he sounds like the sort of coach weve been crying out for. Given, he is a little young but if the players like the way he coaches and feel like they’re improving under him I cant see it being a problem.

    More pressing matters, why have we not signed Austin?! Surely Its obvious we need a ST and a CB. Mclaren cant be that daft that he thinks he needs to assess the squad before he delves into the transfer market. Thought Carr was the guy that found the players anyway?

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    I thought we had a female fitness coach? Pardon my ignorance on this.

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Is it possible Billows was a cross dresser and we thought he was a she? Harrumph.

  • 73 Belfast // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    We did have a female fitness coach but she just disappeared and we got another really good fitness coach. lol

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    To be on the safe side we should just fong the lot of them. Cathro as well.

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    And now we’ve gotten rid of the really good fitness coach Belfast mate? Was he so good that we led the injury table again?

  • 76 Uncertain Toon // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Has Austin stuck in a transfer request?
    That would get things going. Sir Les needs to sort his Sh!t out

  • 77 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    So Cabella wants to stay? best get your act together me laddo

    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/remy-cabella-does-not-want-to-quit-newcastle-claims-his-dad/

  • 78 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    OP
    As far as i know Round turned us down according to his interview with sky sports as he wants to be a manager in his own right.

    Appears to be more positive signs on Black, hopefully that gets anounced the same time as Cathro.

  • 79 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    So to get back to this whole who’s in and who’s out thing. Why did we sack Billows? Or did he not get on with McLaren? And if he was in fact a cross dresser will he now turn up with the England women’s team? I’m confused.

  • 80 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Billows is being replaced by Black I think and tbf we was top of injury table so really dave had to go

  • 81 Belfast // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Yes he played a key role in the injury table trophy success lol

  • 82 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Wor club is as slow as molasses. Why does it take so long to do anything? It’s ridiculous. Other clubs have already signed numerous players while we diddle about trying to find a coach and sacking cross dressing fitness coaches. Harrumph.

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    But if he was a top fitness instructor, this Billows lad, what was the problem? And where did the female fitness coach disappear to exactly? People don’t just disappear usually. Lilongwe mate can you help me on this. It’s for the Blog Hobbit NUFC Weekly Report you see.

  • 84 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Faye Downey! That’s it Faye Downey! What happened to Faye then? Was she just too fit for us? Did she want the players to run about and stuff like that? Was she tiring them out? We need to know what this horrible lass was up to! Harrumph!!!

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    So Faye Downey is/was wor performance director. And she was very pleased with Billows. Now we’re getting somewhere lads. Then it all went tits up apparently. No pun intended there. Harrumph.

  • 86 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    G2
    according to her twitter page she’s freelance now

  • 87 croftus5678 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    whoohoo a signing at last…..oh hold on he’s the assistant !…..and it isnt confirmed by the club yet either 🙁

    but its reported we are focusing on not letting anyone leave and creating a squad of very good players that can fullfill macca’s needs !…..but…..we arnt doing it very fast >.<

  • 88 LGFUAD21 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Makes sense if Billows came from Everton.

    Moyes was well known to drill his players to the extreme in pre season so they could probably handle it.

    Interestingly Cathro has said before that there is too much physical conditioning in football training and I would think it was too unbelievable to think that Pardew was running his players into the ground being reasonably old school in his approach.

    This is why dinosaurs need to get out of football.

    Jordy Clasie used to get knackered after 70mins at Feyenoord until their forward thinking sports scientist suggested that they were running him into the ground in training. They cut back the amount of fitness training he did and like magic he started finishing games.

    Hopefully bring in someone like Cathro in will mean more time focusing on how to play the game and less of this traditional learn how to run fast and long and then you’ll be a footballer that english football is sadly bogged down with.

  • 89 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Eric Steele the Derby gk coach has been released from his contract., maybe he is on his way too & Woodman is off to Crystal Palace with us receiving some compensation…here’s hoping!

  • 90 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    So we lead the world in sick notes and we just up and sack Downey and Billows? That just seems a bit harsh to me. I mean I agree asking the lads to go out and run a bit was over the top, but still…….unbelievable.

  • 91 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Derby goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has been released

  • 92 croftus5678 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    @66 lesh

    it was either simpson or black i carnt remember which who wanted to become a manager himself and not an assistant mate so i read.

  • 93 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Croftus
    it was Steve Round that wanted to become a manager himself

  • 94 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    GT…are you thinking of Faye Downey?

  • 95 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    That’s very interesting LGFUAD21 @89. I’m just going to call you LG from now on mate. Wearing out me poor fingers. Surely fitness gurus understand about resting in between sessions though? Re-building those muscle fibres. Brief bursts of ferocious activity and then resting quietly under a tree. Like a cheetah.

  • 96 croftus5678 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    @94 tfl

    ah kk cheers m8 many thanks.

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Sorry I can see you have figured that out for yourself 🙂

    …sometimes it’s a good thing to hit refresh lol

  • 98 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    no probs Croftus
    I believe Steve Black is coming here he said as much on twitter

  • 99 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    I was. I was thinking of Faye Downey jesper mate. Apparently she was too ferocious for us. Wanted the players to exercise a bit. Now we’ve got Faye Dunaway apparently. They just sit around together and watch old movies now. Harrumph!

  • 100 nut meg // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Croftus
    It was Steve Round who wanted to manage.

  • 101 Mister Tuff // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I see Ryder at the Chronic is saying that the others in Wallys’ team will be Simpson and Black.
    With Cathro and those two – would be a half decent set up.
    Only new a few decent players now.

  • 102 croftus5678 // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    @99 tfl then thats all our backroom staff sorted then isnt it ?

    woodmans not left yet to my knowledge.

  • 103 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    I think if we trained like wild cheetahs we would do tremendously well. Fantastic bursts of speed. With the ball. That’s the hard part. Our pacey players find it hard to bring the ball with them. Harrumph. So to summarize strikers and AMs like cheetahs, defenders like honey badgers. That should just about do it. Carry on then Steve.

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Senor Tuff…is that Simpson any good?

  • 105 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Croftus
    Probably just need woodman to piss off to palace and we are sorted

  • 106 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Alongside Eric Steele being released Alessandro Schoenmaker who was part of Derby fitness & medical team has also been released.

    As have Lee Glover & Steve Taylor who were in charge of the under 21’s but as of yet no statement from Derby regarding Paul Simpson.

  • 107 croftus5678 // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    this abdenour that we have apparently bid 13mil for !

    i doubt he will come but still its worth a bid in the hope he will !

    we need rock solid cb’s and if anyone can adapt its that lad ! i wouldnt mind spending 10-15mil a piece on 2 cb’s to get it sorted once and for all even if it is at the expense of cover elsewhere.

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    So just to get this clear we almost have an assistant to Steve now? This Cathro lad? And it only took about a month to almost get him? And now we’re looking for some other coaches? But no players. Hmmmm….. I see. Is that the way it works with the top clubs? Oh sorry, the OTHER top clubs I mean.

  • 109 davetoon // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

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    “We may have the cart, financially, but we now need to bolt the horse on, and we are going to.”
    “We may have the cart, financially, but we now need to bolt the horse on, and we are going to.”
    “We may have the cart, financially, but we now need to bolt the horse on, and we are going to.”
    “We may have the cart, financially, but we now need to bolt the horse on, and we are going to.”

  • 110 The Prole // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    I like the sound of, “rock n roll” football …http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/39065/ian-cathro-profile-interview-with-the-times.html

  • 111 croftus5678 // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    @109 g2

    you forget m8 everyone has a clean slate so thats 26 new signings we have allready 😉

  • 112 The Prole // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I like the sound of, “rock n roll” football … http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/39065/ian-cathro-profile-interview-with-the-times.html

  • 113 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Lee Ryder saying that Alessandro Schoenmaker set to also join Newcastle, not sure where that leaves Steve Black’s appointment unless they are both comibng in.

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    You’re absolutely right croftus mate! What was I thinking? 26 new signings. But now we don’t need fitness gurus. No. Now we’re not going to be fit. We’re going to rest a lot. I would have the lads training with cheetahs though. That’s where the modern game is headed I believe. A couple of beef cutlets strapped to the thighs and then off to run with the cheetahs! Huzzah!!!

  • 115 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    I still say fong them all just to be on the safe side. Harrumph.

  • 116 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    What tremendous headline makers we are as a club! Huzzah I say!!! Here is our tremendous headline of the day:
    Newcastle United have almost signed an assistant head coach!!!! More to follow in another month or so!!!!!

  • 117 Mister Tuff // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    jesper – that remains to be seen. Simpson has been Wallys’ assistant for the last couple of years -so it seems sensible to have him a part of the team. Wally will have no problems in getting Simspon to relay his instructions -so that’s one problem out of the way.
    I think assistants either rise or fall along with their manager/head coach so I think he’ll be measured as to how well Wally does.
    But overall – Wally knows him and vice versa -so no mucking about in respect of his role -he’ll know what to do from the off.

  • 118 GeordieTwo // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Well this is very exciting news then! No players but we almost have a nice mate for Steve to hang with. A shame about Downey and Billows though. No fitness guru? Unbelievable.

  • 119 Lindisfarne // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    LGFUAD21 @89

    Well said

  • 120 Lindisfarne // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Mehr täuschen!

    http://www.whoscored.com/Articles/l-fbpbomau-5hjeflopqqg/Show/Player-Focus-Would-Dost-be-Foolish-to-Swap-Wolfsburg-for-Newcastle

  • 121 lochinvar // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Fidel Cathro!
    Long live the revolution.
    Get him into a beret and the poster and merchandising opportunities are endless . Will make Cabella and the French and Spanish lads feel at home.
    LOL

  • 122 Lindisfarne // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    http://www.espnfc.co.uk/story/2365605/sampdoria-announce-signing-of-niklas-moisander-from-ajax

    The article is not particularly pertinent, other than how likely is it that Ajax will let both their established central defenders go at the same time. However, the article reminded me of a number of other free agents that have been signed up prior to the end of the season. But never at NUFC!?!

  • 123 Sir Eric // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    I won’t believe it until I see him in a black & white top. Or suit. Or tracksuit, I guess since he will be on the staff.

  • 124 Sir Eric // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Lindisfarne-

    Good point, but Ajax also signed Heitinga today too.

  • 125 Lindisfarne // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    lochinvar

    Are you planning on superimposing Cabellas’ mush on Che Guevaras’ image with ‘HOPE’ underneath?

  • 126 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Let’s get things moving

  • 127 Graeme // Jun 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    More info on Cathro – click on the link to the “BOX Soccer Training” he developed.
    http://cominghomenewcastle.sbnation.com/2015/6/25/8845641/newcastle-Cathro-McClaren-Valencia-BOX-training-ball-skills

  • 128 Munster Mag // Jun 25, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Make no mistake boys, this is good news. Our coaching ticket is shaping up well and is a mile ahead of carver and pardew and stone. These guys are more innovative and steve had made it clear thst we wanted a young coach. Why? Because he will bring ideas and creativity. I read about this guy in the dundee gaurdian and he seems v v good. I am delighted.

  • 129 GeordieGadie // Jun 25, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    no wander they call us gullible




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