When 30 year-old Scot Ian Cathro arrived last summer to be part of Steve McClaren’s new coaching team at Newcastle, he had already been the assistant manager at Valencia and before that had been the assistant manager at Portuguese club Rio Ave.
Ian was a welcome addition to the coaching staff and when Rafa Benitez arrived in March, he knew all about Ian and no doubt had checked him out with his many Valencia contacts.
Rafa was happy to keep Ian at Newcastle as an integral part of his coaching staff.
Ian Cathro in pre-season training this summer
Ian has given an interview in the Sunday Herald today and he says he is happy to learn under a top-class manager like Rafa Benitez.
However, there’s no doubt at some time in the future he will become a manage in his own right.
This is what Ian has said in the Herald today:
“I’m working under a top class manager who has an excellent staff which I have been welcomed as part of.”
“They all have specific roles and tasks so there are a lot of lessons for leadership and how the manager guides the entire football club.”
“As for being a manager – that is something which will happen – when I don’t know.”
“It will depend on making the right step at the right moment. But there is no rush aspect to it right now.”
At only 30 years old – very young for a coach – Ian has plenty of time and what better right now than to be learning from a coach who is not just world-class, but is also a very good teacher.
That’s of both his players and his coaches.
And who knows, maybe Ian can end up as the Newcastle United manager one day in the future – that’s certainly a possibility.
But only after Rafa has taken Newcastle on to win some trophies in what we hope is a long and very successful stay on Tyneside for Mr. Benitez.
That would be great.
What do you think?