We got very close to 100% proof that Ian Cathro will indeed be part of Steve McClaren’s coaching staff that will be getting together this week to prepare for the players arriving back at Newcastle for the start of pre-season training.
And it seems like Steve had brought off a bit of a coup for the 28 year-old Scottish coach, who is extremely well though of and his interview in the Sun today has said that Newcastle indeed are a club that now wants to push itself once again after eight years of almost being asleep under Mike Ashley.
Ian Cathro – wants to help build Newcastle into top team
It’s also clear from Ian’s words that he is very impressed with Steve McClaren who seems to get the respect of an awful lot of people in football.
Ian isn’t just a good coach but a good man – and he certainly has good leadership and man-management skills which is so important in coaching when you are trying to get the very best of the players you have.
This again is Ian’s interview today:
“Joining Newcastle is something that can only prepare me even better for when the time comes to become a manager/head coach.¨
“I am incredibly excited by it and I just want to help out in any way I can. I wanted the challenge of working in a different league and English football is very different from Spanish football.”
“I am also looking forward to working at a club which genuinely wants to push itself and grow, to get back to a real level of competition.”
“Steve McClaren has worked abroad himself and he is an incredibly experienced coach and manager, an impressive man generally – I know I will learn a lot from him.”
Ian also talked about his philosophy of coaching in general, and this is what he said in a previous interview this year:
“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.”
Those are really good words from one who is still young to be in the coaching business.
It will be good when we get to see Ian’s first interview after he becomes a coach at Newcastle, and we’re still not sure whether Ian or Paul Simpson will be Steve McClaren’s number two at the club.
After having poor coaching this year with John Carver and Steve Stone, it looks like Newcastle will have a (very) strong coaching squad this season, who hopefully can get the very best out of the playing squad we have – helped by up to six new players coming in.
So yes – we hope the playing staff is as good as the coaching staff seems to be.
That sounds good.