Newcastle Could Be Losing Top Coach This Week

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?

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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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Would be a blow to our preparations if he left but he is desperate to get into management Hearts is a good job for him to take as their director of football gave Cathro his Dundee United gig a few years back!

    Although Pako is now available although maybe him and Rafa are still not best of pals….

    On last night gutted to lose but was impressed with a lot of our play the slower premiership tempo suited us but we really need a proper left winger and a no 10 to start being able to create better chances or actually play 442 with 2 strikers

    Diame looked a lot better when moved further back as well had a good range of passes which you don’t get to see when he plays up front

    On another day if we score in the first half we win it comfortably Hull didn’t really do anything in the whole game apart from a few crosses and then counter in extra time the rest of the game we bossed it

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Still a bit disappointed with the result last night. One of the few occasions I’ve got to see the side in action this year and I must say I was mightily impressed with Clark. He is a very capable centre half at international level as that’s where I’ve seen most of him over the years but the way he covered the left back when he bombed forward (obviously we don’t see this too much with Dummett as he usually stays back) was comforting to say the least! I like the fluidity Rafa has brought to this side, when Lazaar went forward Clark stepped over and either Hayden or Shelvey stepped back to keep a solid back 4.

    I know we lost on Saturday and last night just wasn’t our night but for me, as good as Gayle is I would like a domineering, selfish and ruthless striker up top as our no. 9 and as much as I love Mitro I don’t think it’s him at present.

    All in all I’m gutted we are out of the cup but I take heart in the fact that we actually look united again as the players look like the want it when they step onto the pitch unlike recent seasons when they couldn’t wait to get of the pitch!

    I think we will struggle at Forest on Friday for a couple of reasons such as extra time last night and the recent loss of momentum and bearing in mind we don’t do particularly well at the city ground if my memory serves me right. We could be going through our wobble at this point which is a given for every team in a season so I’m glad we had ours whilst 5 points clear at the top, with so much of the season to go and the FA cup still to come I’m still very upbeat for what the rest of the season has in store.

    onwards and upwards!

  • toontaff2

    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    It would be good to see Diame play a full game in midfield. Not sure he could on Friday – he was finished at the end, out on his feet!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Assombalonga who plays for Forrest would actually be a player who would do well for us is much quicker than Mitrovic and probably better all round as well will be interesting to see how we handle him on Friday!

    Thought a few of our players are starting to look tired Richie in particular looks dead on his feet he could do with a game or 2 on the bench to recharge his batteries


    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope ian doesnt go…2 loss an we cant take another loss

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Gouffran Perez Atsu

    Blow them away first half !

  • Belfast

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    It says a lot about Scottish football when the manager at one of the top 3 clubs is leaving to join that huge club in league1 Mk Dons.

  • Belfast

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Probably best to stay where you are for a few more seasons.


    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    And they look to replace him with a demoted assistant manager from a championship team


    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    said for a week or 2 that ritchie has’nt shone,off the boil as it were…he’ll put a shift in,but theres no shining moment quality lately…atsu was much.much better on the left then the right last nyt,direct,pacey whipping good crosses in…he’ll not like playing there as non of the modern wingers do,they’d rather play on the side that allows them to cut in and shoot…..(more glory that way)

  • JamesToon

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Hate it when fans overreact to these losses. What I saw last night was us dominating them and outplaying them pretty much from start to finish, a lapse in concentration and poor goalkeeping gifted them the goal and poor penalties gifted them the win. What can you do.

    Rafa is rebuilding us from top to bottom, by no means is he perfect though he’s not gonna make us invincible and never lose, of course there are going to be ups and downs along the way, but I think the majority can see we have a very bright future, and finally have a club that tries.


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