There is a report in the Scottish Sun yesterday that Newcastle’s assistant manager Ian Cathro could be in line for the manager job at Hearts.
The report is that current manager Neilson will be in charge for the Hearts’ home game with Rangers tonight in the Scottish Premier League, but is then expected to be unveiled as the new MK Dons manager on Thursday.
If that happens we guess Steven Gerrard didn’t get the job?
Ian Cathro – Newcastle’s young assistant manager
Ian Cathro is highly regarded in coaching and apparently is Hearts number one choice to replace Neilson – and if he does get the job the 30 year-old would be Scotland’s youngest ever manager in Scotland’s top league.
Hearts would need to pay compensation to Newcastle, but they are reporting that will not be a problem.
Ian was the assistant manager to manager Nuno at both Rio Ave in Portugal and Spain’s Valencia prior to joining Steve McClaren’s coaching staff at Newcastle in the summer of last year.
When Rafa Benitez came on board the Magpies in March Ian was one of two coaches he kept as the club, the other being goalkeeper coach Simon Smith.
Ian is destined to become a manager at some point in his career sooner or later and we don’t think Benitez would stand in his way if Ian was offered the job and is keen to take it.
Cathro will have learned a lot from coaching under Rafa since March and he has said Rafa seems to understand what’s happening in games as they happen – and he’s never seen that level of insight from a manager.
If Ian does leave Newcastle it’s interesting that 53 year-old Pako Ayestarab, who coached with Rafa in his early years and for the first three years at Liverpool is currently out of a job after being fired as the Valencia manager early in the season.
We had wondered if Pako would be interested in joining Newcastle. in a recent article we would put out.
It would be at least interesting to see who Rafa would bring into the club if Ian does leave the club.