This Coach Already Making His Mark At Newcastle


Ian Cathro arrived as part of Newcastle’s new coaching team under Steve McClaren in June,  and he came with a big reputation for somebody who was only 28 years old.

While he’s getting on a bit now – he turned 29 in early July – he is still young for a coach who was the assistant manager at both Rio Ave and Valencia – his two former clubs – before Steve McClaren persuaded him to join Newcastle, for what would be a new and big challenge for him.

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Ian Cathro – making his mark already at Newcastle

The biggest problem we’ve had over the last three years has been our defense, so Steve McClaren put the 29 year-old in charge of our biggest weakness – the Newcastle defense.

What’s that about Steve being a savvy coach?

What we have seen with the last two Newcastle league performances,  is a terrific backs-to-the-wall fight  from the lads.

We got a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, and were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal, but only after we had played for 75 minutes with 10 men, after Aleksandar Mitrovic got himself sent off after only 16 minutes.

Newcastle have only played four league games,  so it’s far too soon to come to any hard and fast conclusions.

But Ian came with a big reputation as a top young coach with new ideas, and if the Scot can get Newcastle playing consistently as a strong defensive unit, like we’ve seen in the last two league games, he will have done a simply terrific job for the team.

Especially when we have one new player in defense – Chancel Mbemba.

And it’s not just the back four and the goalkeeper,  but all the players have looked organized and worked together to close down spaces as the opposition attacked.

One thing that upset Newcastle fans under John Carver was that many of our players didn’t seem to care less.

You cannot accuse this season’s team of that, as the lads give everything they have in every game – something we are sure Steve McClaren is drumming into them, as the number one requirement of any game – give 100%.

Ian Cathro came to Tyneside with a big reputation as a top young coach, and it could be getting bigger if the Newcastle defense can keep up their excellent defensive play that we’ve seen from them so far this season.

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65 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Get on this. Talk sport are relaying that smart meter advert as being true life. The one with the Ronaldo tatoo. Idiot even said something about saying something about toon fans lmao! What does it say about them if they can’t see what’s right in front of them. Ronaldo my backside – mine was Messi 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #2

    About it I meant.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #3

    We have looked good defensively against two CL sides and not scored. Against S’mpton & S’sea when we had more of the ball the defence has conceded. Seems like ‘same old same old’ to me. Any defender is going to look good when the rest of the team are doing half your job for you and you manage to actually get hit by a few shots. The team can not operate all season having to cover for a shakey defensive line, the majority of the midfield being unable to keep possession and strikers who are missing either from the pitch or in front of goal. But it is better than JC.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Definitely living up to his reputation then! We do appear to have gained a defence with only one change in personel, but it’s still too early be certain. The same players are definitely playing better right now, so maybe trusting to their judgement seems a sensible thing to do. It can be changed if needs be. If he can make a solid defence out of what he’s got available, the guy’s a genius and needs be groomed for the eventual step up 🙂 Again, so far so good.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Honestly I cannot help but sing McClarens praises so far even though I was against him coming here. Even the delay in appointing the coaching team seems to be worth it.

    I don’t know if my expectations were just lowered over the previous 5 seasons?

    Everything is better. Charnley’s email today strikes me of something McClaren told him must be done. And I think it will be done a lot more. Simpson and Cathro seem to be delivering as our results are infinitely better than last year. No way we would have done what we did against Man U and Arsenal with Pardew and his coaching team.

    Attacking wise we just have to wait and see. The only game we have played where we could really attack was Southampton and we scored 2 goals. The others were naturally defensive due to red cards and the quality of the opposition.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Crumbs! We spent £52.6 million and not one chocolate covered hob nob. Crickey! I see a leen future, feeding on crumbs and Baron Greenback attempting a supporters share sale for 0% of the club. Plus real magpies being rounded up and moved along for breach of copyright.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 3, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Blofal, nice feeling innit mate? Better this than the stress of the last few years. Call it a gut feeling, but I think we’re in for a surprising turn in our fortunes. That’s far from saying I’m right of course, I could be wrong by a distance, but it can’t hurt anybody for me to believe. 🙂 I just hope I’m right.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 3, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Ashley is to some degree ethically obligated to put all the profits back into the club and of course to run it responsibly, because it is a community based enterprise. He certainly doesn’t need the profits the club generates and he can make his deserved profit if and when he sells. NUFC is not an SD shop, and while I think this is most likely what is happening, and probably always has, it’s difficult to be sure, and Ashley really should want to be seen to be trusted at the very least, if he’s going to really win over the fans. Even winning something would be a short term fix, if he isn’t trusted.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 3, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy, there’s some who will never trust him again and nothing will ever change that. He doesn’t need our trust to do what he does, he does them anyway. I don’t think we get a second thought in Mike’s World. I think he tried it his way, failed, even held his hands up to it, and is now doing what he should have done years ago – take a step back. He could have done a lot worse than the people he’s relying on now. It appears to be working so far, let’s hope it continues.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 3, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Perhaps, but I’m not sure he doesn’t care about having our trust, although he does give that impression at times. It just seems to me though we’d all be better off, including the owner, if he did build real trust. I’m surprised he hasn’t tried harder, and hope now he will, because therein is the root cause of the suspicion, that and nutty decisions like renaming the ground, which you can never be sure are a thing off the past.

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  • expatmag

    Sep 3, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #11

    With regard to the finely worded and partially correct statement, much gas been left out regarding the finances involving business this window.

    Whilst Charnley admits to 52.6 million being spent, did that include agents payments, signing on fees etc?

    It should also be remembered that the club admitted to having £34 million pounds in the bank and add to that the revenue raised from the subsequent sales of Mbiwa Santon Abeid and Kemen plus compensation paid by Palace for Pardew and Woodman should virtually account for the expenditure this window.

    Charnley is saying that our salary budget will increase by 9 million pounds but I fail to see how this could be when you factor in the following:

    How much salary savings has been saved in comparison to last season when the departure of HBA, Mbiwa Santon, Jonas, Raylor, Streete, Alneick, Campbell salaries are factored in?

    How much did the club save on Pardews salary by not replacing him for the period January to June inclusive?

    What contributions to wages are the likes of Marseille, Covenrry, Cardiff, Crawley, Millwall, Wigan and Gateshead paying for the loan of Cabella, Armstrong, Ameobi, Woodman, Ferguson and Vuckic?

    Hoe much did we get from Rangers for the loan of the 5 players last season. I heard it was reported at 1 million pounds?

    whlst i understand that McLaren and his staff would cost a bit, all were free agents do compensation wasnt necessary to be paid out. Much of their combined salaries would be offset against the salary savings from the releases of Pardew Carver Stone and Woodman.

    So Mr. Charnley. Where do you get thus figure of a salary increase of NINE MILLION POUNDS then?

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  • We are the mags

    Sep 3, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #12

    I have to agree with lindisfarne to be honest, dont get me wrong im very optimistic due to much better performances this season compared to last however like the man said when you have the full team defending it may look like were strong defensively it will be interesting when we are stretched somewhat but hey we have made great signings the club has spent money and promising to spend more and god i even got an email from charnley today stating where nufc is going and it was great reading so to be honest im very optimistic and the only way is up as far as im concerned HWTL

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  • terencelim

    Sep 3, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #13

    And 2 points in 4 games.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #14

    I simply can’t believe that certain posters have accepted the fact that we have avoided competing for anything for the last eight years as part of a bigger picture of success.

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  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Bobbybee

    What are you talking about @1?

    I don’t often listen to TalkSport so haven’t a clue what you’re on about – unless I’m having another senior-moment.

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  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Expat

    What’s your problem over the numbers Charnley’s put out?

    Is it so important that the world at large have a detailed breakdown of expenditure this summer along with details of the wage-bill?

    Ashley’s sanctioned the second highest nett spend in the Prem while others, including Arsenal have spent nowt or next to nowt,what more do people want?

    He spends, he’s criticised, he doesn’t spend he’s criticised too. It’s a no-win situation as far as some posters are concerned.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #17

    So Ian is our defensive coach. Well done and all that. Only 4 goals conceded and no spankings 🙂

    Anyway, in truth, we have looked more organised back there.

    Now, who is responsible for the attack? To win you must score and we haven’t had enough chances (since we defend for our lives in the last games).

    Talking of which, that’s why I voted Mitro as our best new signing! Why? Put the cards aside for a moment… OK. How could he possibly shine, given our hyper defensive tactics? We can’t possibly judge him until we play a ‘normal’ game of football: possession more or less shared; winning intent combined with no conceding intent; 11 players, not 10.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #18

    On Lee’s statement: well, spot on. Didn’t read counter comments on the blog, but it must have been hard to come up with any, really. Apart from ‘good PR’, ‘he’s lying’, etc.

    Addresses all concerns: intent to spend; keep best players; win something; takes blame for communication issues; admission it will take more than one window.

    Congrats.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think many are disagreeing on whether the players we have bought are good signings!

    The concern is we haven’t addressed the real issues we have…right now we are 19th and if that doesn’t change radically over the next 6 to 8 games then it will be hard to defend what has happened!

    I am tired of having to give the club and coaches time…it’s the same each year.

    The only reason why I have agreed to is because for once they are spending real money and have restructured the first team coaching staff.

    But this has been somewhat under par start (actually we look like we did under Pardew)

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesper

    I disagree with we look very good defensively. But so poor attacking.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 3, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Will die…we are very heroic defensively but we are also playing very deep with quite a few bodies tracking far back!

    …maybe what you call looking good defensively are costing us offensively?

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  • expatmag

    Sep 3, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Lesh

    Two reasons.

    1….He is making a big thing in increasing the wage bill by 9 million a year. I fail to see how this increase is so big when you consider the large number of plsyers who have left the club.

    2….This communication is fine as is the spending of money but there is NO mention of incoming money, loan fees, salary savings etc etc eyc. He is painting Ashley as an honest benefactor when my reading shows him spending out of necessity and limited expenditure at that when you consider the full ball park figures

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #23

    unlike some posters who think they are a god who never made any mistakes in their life, the boards are human who made mistakes and failures but they recognized their mistakes and failure and trying to correct them. It’s a good start, only from recognizing your mistakes and failures that you could be better unlike some who thinks they never made mistakes.
    Some even asking what happen if they don’t meet the target? Target will be assessed due to situation changes. Remember one thing that your own slogan said “we don’t want a team that win but a team that tries”.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #24

    expat

    a large number of players leaving the club? who? Jonas and Raylor, Kemen, Abeid, Cabella?
    How much they earned compared to new players? Some players also returning from loan which now we have to pay their salaries like Darlow, Llaceles, Marv, etc.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 3, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Expat

    Well put.

    I’d wondered the exact same thing myself mate. Unless these new players are on astronomical wages and they’ve forgot to take off the king, his cronies and the players that have left, I just cannot see how it’s jumped by such a sum.

    They brought it up and as you say it sounds like they’ve tried to say “look, look, we’ve done this” so why not question it? (to the poster who questioned why you mentioned it)

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #26

    we also don’t know the exact numbers have to be paid sacking carver, stone, etc.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #27

    expat

    I agree mate, none of the statements or emails carry much clarity in them, they are simply worded to appease the fans.

    For example, he states they have made mistakes, and they take responsibility for that, but when asked why these mistakes were made they say, we don’t want to dwell on the past. However if we do not analyse the past, how can we be sure the same mistakes will not be made in the future?

    Ashley’s statement from last season was made for one reason only, The torches were lit, the pitchforks were sharpened and the focus was turning towards sports direct.

    The changes had to be made, it was not Ashley suddenly becoming our glorious benefactor, he had not been visited by three ghosts during the night. Simply put, he needed to spend the money to keep the club in the premiership, so that his other parasite companies could continue to feed off us.

    He has now removed himself from the board, so as to protect his other interests, and if things go bad this season he can now point the finger of blame at the current board and squeak “it has nothing to do with me or sports direct”.

    There have been a lot of positive changes, and that is good for the club and the fans, but the leopard has not changed it’s spots.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t see where expat is being critical at all. This is a blog to discuss club related news, I think it is a valid point to ask why there has been a raise of 9M, even if the new signings were on more than 10K each a week than those that left it wouldn’t be 9M, and I’m sure that the 10% of the fee comes out of the fee.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #29

    new salaries addition that we have to pay now:
    Wijnaldum, Mitro, Mbemba, Thauvin, Toney, Darlow, Llaceles, Marveaux.
    Let just say 5 players with 30k/week wages including bonuses that’s already 7.8mil, LC said up to 9mil increase.
    feel free to include SM & staffs or not.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Santon03,
    Whether the new communication is guff or not, you are right, it is at least a recognition that they need to be communicating, such a shame that, by sticking two fingers up at us for so long it has caused such ill feeling.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Santon03,
    What about HBA, Santon, Mbwia, Gutierez and RTaylor, they weren’t on apprenticeship wages.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #32

    JFA

    I think it’s better late than never, they have the guts to say in public that they made those mistakes and will try to do better, it’s a good start. Tbh it’s a rare thing for any football board to make that statement.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #33

    JFA

    we also have players returning from loan, new coach and staffs, I’m pretty sure they are higher than carver & co but feel free to include them or not. Just 5 players with 30k/week is already 7.8mil, I’m pretty sure they are higher than that not to mention bonuses.
    The players we bought this season mostly above 10mil transfer fees compare to those who left which are probably less than 5mil transfer fees.
    10mil rated players will have more wages compare to 5mil rated players.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Santon

    It’s a rare thing for any football board to treat their own fans with such disdain as we have been over EIGHT long years.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #35

    even finishing 5th in that 8 years?

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #36

    What’s finishing 5th got to do with how we’ve been treated? Absolutely nothing.

    Anyway, work beckons.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #37

    Santon03,
    In reply to 33 see 31

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #38

    well… some people trying to do good things, trying to make amend to their mistakes still getting bashing instead support. Nice!!

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  • Santon03

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #39

    in reply 31 see 33

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  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Hatem ben Arfa were off the Toons wages bill in September 2014 the former paid by Roma the latter by Hull.
    Jonas Guttierez and Ryan Taylor were on €1.5 each.
    The 4 new players are on a combined €15 million making a net increase of €12 million.

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