McClaren On Cathro – Great Potential And Newcastle Is His Club

McClaren has told the Mirror that before he appointed 28 year-old Ian Cathro as one of his two assistant coaches he did his homework and he talked to people who had worked with the young coach – who has enormous potential and who knows he could become a Newcastle head coach in the future.

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Ian Cathro on the training field at Newcastle

Ian is trying to full the holes in the Newcastle defense with his coaching this pre-season.

This is what McClaren has said about Cathro in the Mirror today:

“I think we have got a damn good staff here. To have coached in Portugal for two years and to have coached at Valencia as a Scot – and I don’t understand them at the best of times! – he must have something.”

“I did my homework in Scotland. People told me – former Scotland manager Craig Levein was one of them. I spoke to Nuno, the head coach at Valencia. People said he was a very good coach with great potential.”

“I think this is his club. We have a policy where we get young players and we develop them. We have said we will get a young coach in and develop him, mentor him.”

“Alongside that we have got a bit of experience in Steve Black and Paul Simpson, who is a great organizer.”

We have to say we are impressed so far with the coaching staff and their positive and professional attitudes.

Of course it’s a massive improvement on John Carver and Steve Stone — it’s chalk and cheese – as they say.

But Steve and his team still have to prove they can get the job done for Newcastle next season – a top eight finish and challenge for one (or two) of the local cups are the targets.

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