Newcastle To Appoint 28 year-old Scot As Assistant Manager


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.

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129 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out !

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  • midweek weekend

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Great, now let’s sign some players!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

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

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  • stan anderson

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • Macas

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • Macas

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • Slank

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

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

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • Slank

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

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

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    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

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  • hibbit

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #19

    james toon he is that good we wont get him

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  • Macas

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Tfl

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

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • Slank

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #26

    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.

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  • Carl92

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • cyprus

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #30

    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

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #32

    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 !

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    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 !!

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  • hibbit

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #34

    james what sort of things are you expecting

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Hibbit

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

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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