Newcastle’s young coach Ian Cathro joined Newcastle in the summer of last year and joined Newcastle as one of the best young coaches around.
He was hired by head coach Steve McClaren who proved to be completely out of his depth at Newcastle and was fired last March.
When Ian joined Ian had just served as the assistant manager at Rio Ave for a couple of years from 2012 and then for one year at Valencia.
Nuno and Ian Cathro at Valencia
Both were with manager Nuno Espírito Santo – known as Nuno – who moved to Porto in the summer after resigning from Valencia last year.
The two men had first met at an SFA coaching course in Scotland back in 2009 when Ian was just 23.
Nuno is giving various interviews because Porto play against Leicester City tonight in the Champions League.
He has talked about Cathro and how they worked so well together:
“We will be connected forever.” “We built together. We were young, we started together, we did something nobody believed in.”
“Now Rio Ave are in Europe. If I ever went to the Premier League he would be my first call, the first person I would tell. We have shared so much.”
Nuno and Ian Cathro took Rio Ave to be runners-up in both Portuguese cups in 2013-2014, and at Valencia they reached 4th place in La Liga in 2014-2015 and qualified for the Champions League.
But then Nuno parted ways with the Spanish club in November of last year.
But things certainly didn’t improve under the replacements that followed him – Gary Neville and then Pako Ayestaran.
When Rafa signed for Newcastle he decided to keep Ian Cathro and the goalkeeping coach Simon Smith and commented he had heard very good things about Ian as a young coach.
At some point in the future Ian has said he would like to be a manager and he will certainly be learning a lot about that from Rafa Benitez.