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 – 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.