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.
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)