Ian Cathro Explains Rafa’s Unbelievable Expertise And Experience

Newcastle have been on an excellent run of late with 8 wins in a row and that goes with our earlier run of 7 wins in a  row earlier in the season, before we were surprisingly beaten at home 2-0 by Wolves.

Hopefully our players will have learned a lesson from that game that no team we play this season can be taken lightly – they must all be respected.

Rafa has an excellent coaching staff on Tyneside and one of the young start=s of that staff is Scott Ian Cathro, who was the assistant manager at Portuguese club Rio Ave and Valencia before joining Newcastle in the summer of last year.

Newcastle United Pre-Season Training Camp

Five of the Newcastle coaches with Ian Cathro on the left

Ian came very highly recommended and he must be learning an awful lot from Rafa over these last seven months or so.

Ian has given an interview in the Chronicle and this is how he first explained his role at Newcastle and then the expertise and experience of his boss:

“I am helping the players reach a point where they feel entirely clear and comfortable with what the manager is asking”

“The manager’s attention to detail is excellent.”  “The best way to describe him is that his ability to see a game of football and immediately understand all of aspects of it is unique.”

“That’s why he’s so good. He has his own vision and convictions and a clear direction about where he wants to go but he can also process what is going on instantly.”

“So that means he can change things as they are happening”.

“It’s difficult to know exactly why someone is doing something when you’re not involved in it.”

“But he can immediately have a pretty strong idea of why one player has done something, why the back-line is playing as it is and so on.”

“He’s at that point of expertise and experience where his brain process is that ‘bang’. He understands it”.

The number one goal this season is to secure promotion and anything else we can pick up – like a couple of long cup runs – are a bonus.

We are hoping that Newcastle will go from strength to strength this season, but of course we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves.

And as Rafa keeps saying – the most important game is the next one – and that happens to be a very tough one at Elland Road against a rejuvenated Leeds United.

We need to win that game.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 15, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Reservoir Dogs!

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 15, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #2

    More walking dead i would say.

    Ha ha ha

  • toonincheek

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey – getting close to decision time.
    From what I have read:

    Shelvey has denied saying the words he is accused of saying.
    Reading between the lines, probably he said something else,
    Something similar, that was (probably) racist.

    If the FA only have the word/accusation of one other player,
    and no technology to support it, then the charge is unlikely to stick.

    There is a big difference between a racist comment and a racist,
    even though the two terms are used as if they were the same.
    The charge is probably the use of racist language, rather then
    Shelvey being a racist. (I do NOT defend racist language)

    I would expect that Rafa will have had a chat with Shelvey and
    told him to tell him EXACTLY what he said. Then, Rafa can
    make a decision on whether or not to refute the charge.

    Rafa should also have told Shelvey that if he is found to be lying,
    and the Club have relied on what he has told them,
    then he is finished with NUFC.


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