Ian Cathro has given an interview to BBC Sport and we expect him to be announced today as part of Steve McClaren’s new coaching team – just a day before the players report back for pre-season training tomorrow.
Certainly Ian is very ambitious and seems to have his career laid out in front of him – at least in his own mind – and he sees himself being a head coach down the line – but not too far down the line.
Ian Cathro – Newcastle a club willing to grow
First of all he will be at Newcastle, and it’s an exciting appointment for Ian, with him still being only 28 years old.
This is what he has said:
“It’s a forward step to a different type of football. Not stronger or weaker, different.” “I wanted a fresh challenge and didn’t want to just sit it out over there and wait for the right manager’s job to come up.”
“To come into British football as a manager with no experience of working with English-speaking players is perhaps not advisable anyway, so this makes perfect sense.”
“Steve coming in has brought a freshness and enthusiasm to get the club back to where it should be and serve the love that exists for it.”
“I’m convinced that it’s a club willing to grow and would be comfortable higher in the league. It’s now ready to do that.”
Last season at Valencia he helped head coach Nuno Espirito Santo get the team up to fourth place in the Spanish League in their first season there, just one point behind Atletico Madrid, and into the Champions League.
But he left Spain a few weeks ago for personal reasons, and has now joined a club who only just avoided relegation on the last day of last season and also fought against relegation back in 2013.
Ian was asked about changing from a successful club to one struggling in the Premier League:
“I’m completely comfortable with it.” “I’m going to watch Valencia in the Champions League and in La Liga and enjoy them playing in wonderful games in great stadiums.”
“But I’ve no fear of missing out because the intention is to go to that level again.” “If that was with Newcastle, that would be perfect, but if not I’ll certainly be back working abroad in the next five to 10 years.”
We haven’t heard much at all from Newcastle for over a week now, so we expect there to be some communication today – at least about what Steve McClaren’s coaching eam will be.