Rafa Speaks In Glowing Terms Of Newcastle Coach


Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is expected to be appointed as the new MK Dons manager maybe later today.

The favorite to take over at Hearts is Newcastle’s 30 year-old assistant coach Ian Cathro and the word is that Newcastle will not stand in his way if he gets the job and wants to take on what looks like a great opportunity with a top Scottish club.

Hearts are currently second in the SPL after beating Rangers 2-0 last night.

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Ian Cathro – Newcastle assistant coach

During his press conference today for the Nottingham Forest game tomorrow night, Rafa was asked about the news in Scotland that Cathro would be leaving Newcastle to join Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh before the weekend.

“We have had no official approach” “Ian’s a great coach but we haven’t had any official approach yet. He is doing well. He has the qualities to coach”

“I don’t need to do publicity for Ian!” I have no idea if we’ll get an approach.”  “Everyone is talking about the same.”

“It depends on their head coach at the moment.”

Ian will have learned a lot from Rafa Benitez in these last eight months or so – and it seems the admiration is mutual.

Ian said this about Rafa a couple of weeks ago in the Chronicle:

“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”.

Ian is very highly thought of at Newcastle and is one of most talented up-and-coming young coaches in European football who has already been assistant manager at Valencia.

This is his coaching background and it’s looking like he will become the next manager of Hearts.

2008–2012	Dundee United (youth coach)
2012–2014	Rio Ave (assistant)
2014–2015	Valencia (assistant)
2015–2016	Newcastle United (assistant)

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63 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Slank
    from previous
    Former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond was jailed for six years in 2002 for preying on young lads – so if any club is ahead of the game with regard to being aware of and doing something about – abuse – it is NUFC.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 1, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Good luck to Ian Cathro if he does get the job at Hearts.
    Back on the Shelvey FA disciplinary charge, if he is claiming in his defence that he retaliated, and the suggestion has been made that the other guy called him ‘baldy’, for someone who doesn’t speak any english, which is apparently the case, ‘baldy’ is certainly not a word he might know, nor, apart from the usual f……. or c…….. words, are any words which might be classed as discriminatory.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib Jibberish – @1 – what exactly did NUFC do.
    You said they did something about the abuse – exactly what did they do?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Mag52,
    What if he’d been getting called baldy all game by other Wolves players, he may have just been repeating his team mates.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 1, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I see Virgil van Dyke is attracting attention from some top clubs and likely to be the subject of some huge offers. He does look the real deal mind and yet another one we should have signed. Apparently his brother Dick can play a bit as well.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail…. I think he was told to get his cap on as there was a woodpecker flying about.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail.

    Yes, good point.
    In which case, if he had been on the receiving end of those taunts throughout the game from a number of Wolves players, Shelvey could have some sort of a defence here.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Churners saw what Celtic paid for Van Dijk and wanted Carr to find a cheaper one that hadn’t been put on the shelf yet.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Swallocks,
    I don’t get it.

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  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I said that about Shelvey when it first came out as he has alopecia. What’s worse taunting about a medical condition or racist name calling?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Can you believe the lads got Jonjo a comb for his birthday. He said , Thanks I’ll never part with it.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think he has alopecia, It’s a cure for his dandruff and to make him more aerodynamic .

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  • AncientC

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    We have 4 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 away games. Forest have 1 win in their last 5 home games. That reads good to me.

    What’s going on over at Palace?

    ‘Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, 55, would expect £5m in compensation if he is sacked, after he signed a contract until 2020 with the club in the summer.’ Reported by The Times.

    £3.5 million to recruit Pardew and £5 million to get rid of him… add in Pardew’s wages over his first contract at Palace, and you are probably talking £10+ million for 2 years of management. Oh well, if Pardew loves Palace like the Palace fans think he does, I am sure he will walk without asking for compensation. lol.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14

    its going to be very interesting when we find out who the wolves player is thats had so much to say in bringing this case ???

    he’s always going to get a warm reception from the fans at st james

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Wow – folk coming up with all sorts of imagined crap about the Shelvey incident.
    We DO NOT KNOW what the alleged conversation was and will have to wait.

    do not like the suggestion that whoever reported this matter will get a “warm reception”.
    Is that code for abuse from the terraces.

    I suppose we could throw into this idea of punishing complainants all those who reported the sex abuse as well.

    Shelvey is foul mouthed. Against Hull there was a close up of him after a row Z belter in the second half. Somebody must have said something to him, he turned and shouted “Fu** Off”. I can lip read so no doubt what he said- do not know who it was directed at though.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought that Cathro was being trained to take over from Rafa (all hail him) if he does eventually move on or retire.

    I was going to use the word ‘groomed’ but that is now becoming a word with negative connections and yet another one lost to the English language for everyday usage.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Didn’tyou say the other day tuff that sshelvey was a known racist?

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  • Belfast

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #18

    The fact that he’s claiming mitigating circumstances suggests they have some video or audio evidence on him imo. He wouldn’t admit it otherwise. I don’t think any player would to be honest.

    I just hope nobody else has came forward and said he’s used similar language to them previously.

    He’ll get the book threw at him for that provoked or not.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Mr Tuff

    Funny you should say that, but the F word is becoming a word in common usage in everyday speech and hardly seems to count as an insult anymore.

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  • Slank

    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib @ 1

    We should hope so.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #21

    He has pleaded not guilty tho so how is there mitigating circumstances i thought they only came into it if ya found guilty?

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  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #22

    mr tuff
    it doesn’t matter if you like it or not he is never going to be made welcome

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  • manxpie

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Or is the not guilty part just to be able to get a personal hearing?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    manx – I did indeed make reference to a blog entry (southern club) where the topic was that Shelvey was racist when he played for Charlton.
    I was reporting what others had said.

    On the other item you highlighted FA Charges – I always thought that mitigating circumstances always accompanied a guilty plea.
    Do not know the origins of who said he was going to introduce mitigation. But in view of his apparent not guilty plea this must not be the case.

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  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Tuff we are just speculating – the aame as you are!

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  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Belfast
    if they have enough evidence to throw the book at him would it not have been thrown a lot earlier
    this delay is making the fa look bigger fools than they are
    they could have easily refused the personal hearing but granted it which suggest there could be some doubt

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #27

    EGB – another one who shouts FO all the time -when he makes a mistake is Jordan Henderson – but his rants appear just to be aimed at himself.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew was having a crisis meeting with Chairman Parrish today as the American investors are not happy. He always seems to bull his way out of these meetings and get a stay of execution so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Him and Parrish go back a long way so he’ll probably be fighting Pardews corner but the Yanks may well demand change to sefeguard their investment.
    .

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Not sure the FA can refuse a personal hearing. When a player is charged they’re offered a personal hearing. More often than not players tend to accept the charge based on the weight of evidence against them.
    Obviously Shelvey and the club believe they can defend the case.
    He will have a right of appeal against any decision. It would appear the FA have made a right mess of this.

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  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #30

    For the bingo players
    Hanley and Colback not available for Forest !

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  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I have to say I know the FA have to set an example but fining managers for kicking a water bottle in frustration seems a little excessive to me.

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  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #32

    for the Forest game that should be
    😀

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #33

    So Shelvey won’t have his hearing until the week commencing 19th? Not bad for us

    If he is guilty though he’s played a lot of games when he shouldn’t of seems odd it’s dragging on though obviously the FA have a lot to deal with currently

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib -seeing you are back on can you answer my previous question:-
    Mister Tuff // Dec 1, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Jib Jibberish – @1 – what exactly did NUFC do.
    You said they did something about the abuse – exactly what did they do?

    In addition how did the club doing something about it vie with the Guardians reports that the Toon were involved in a sex scandal cover up.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    WWSBRD
    not sure the disciplinary committee would have a great deal to do with this current situation they are more involved with the everyday problems of the league

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  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Tuff
    Ormond was trapped by a confession which one of the victims taped.

    He then tried to wriggle out of it by saying the victims conspired together to fit him up – a position he maintined throughout the case.

    NUFC and I think it was North Fenham boys club were able to provide corrobarative evidence (written records and witnesses ) to support the prosecution case.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #37

    jib – your last paragraph :-
    “NUFC and I think it was North Fenham boys club were able to provide corrobarative evidence (written records and witnesses ) to support the prosecution case.”

    Can you please provide information or a link to substantiate your last paragraph please.

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  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #38

    The judge Esmond Faulks called Ormond a predator and called for clubs to be on the qui vive for these types – which remarks were addressed to Charnley’s predecessor Russell Cushing who was present in court and who acknowledged them.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #39

    hibbit
    True but the FA can’t focus on more than one thing, they aren’t very good after all. If that’s not the reason then I really can’t figure out what’s taking so long for this to be dealt with

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  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Mr Tuff

    You constantly whine about my posting links.

    Now you ask me to post one so you can pick holes in it.

    You can kiss my spotty arse .

    btw

    Shelvey clearly shouted F.. off in exasperation NOT at any other player.

    Why are you so keen to undermine toon players and the club – is it a leftover from your Sunlun supporting days ?

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