Newcastle United are ready to name Ian Cathro as one of Steve McClaren’s new coaches, and it’s an exciting appointment for Newcastle to have a 28 year-old coach who is highly regarded in coaching circles.
He has only just resigned from his assistant manager job at Valencia, where he worked with head coach Nuno Espirito Santo – known simply as Nuno.
Ian Cathro – while at Valencia
The Scot had an early end to his playing career because of injury, and he has been in coaching for a few years now, having started as the head of Dundee United’s Youth Academy six years ago.
After Ian left Valencia just over a couple of weeks ago he had this to say:
¨I would like to thank Nuno Espírito Santo for the opportunity to work with him in the top leagues in Portugal and Spain.¨
It has been a unique and hugely rewarding experience for an ambitious Scottish coach.”‘I wish Valencia the success they deserve.¨
¨I had an amazing time with a great club in a fantastic city. This was a very difficult decision to take and was agreed some time ago.
And in a recent interview he has talked about his philosophy of coaching and management:
“You project forward to the types of job you want to do. I want to fill a stadium and make people excited about coming, feeling that as an enjoyable thing to watch and embrace.
¨That’s whilst being able to do something of significance at a club that leaves a structure and a system so that it continues to profit from beyond my period of time.”
“That’s the types of jobs that are more appealing and more natural to me. You’re paid a lot of money, football gives you a lot of good things, and it’s the club’s position in society that gives you that.¨
¨It’s important that the club gets its value from you.”
Ian will be a popular choice among Newcastle fans, and with Steve McClaren promising to play attacking football in his new role at Newcastle, now the club has to concentrate on getting some good players through the door this summer.
Steve McClaren could even announce his full coaching team tomorrow, five days before pre-season training starts next Wednesday.