The Daily Record is reporting today that Heart of Midlothian will likely make their move for Newcastle’s assistant coach Ian Cathro over the weekend.
Coaches Jon Daly and Andy Kirk will be in charge of the team at Ross County tomorrow afternoon, so Ian will not be moving to the Scottish club today.
It’s not been a secret that Hearts want Ian Cathro to replace their 36 year-old departing manager Robbie Neilson, who is expected to be named as the MK Dons new manager today.
Ian Cathro – Newcastle assistant coach
Neilson’s assistant Stevie Crawford will join him at MK Dons as the new management team.
Cathro already knows Carl Levin, the Director of Football at Hearts and that relationship seems to have played a part in Hearts wanting the impressive young Newcastle coach.
This is what Carl Levin said at the weekly press conference at the Hearts’ training ground:
“I’m not going to get involved in talking about individuals. Ian is a friend of mine but he is employed by another club, so I don’t want to talk about him.” (but I just did) 🙂
“The profile hasn’t changed from Robbie really.” “We are looking for a young, intelligent, energetic, enthusiastic coach who can help us move on from where we are.”
“And that’s the key, to try to get someone in who can improve us.”
“The structure is important. There are two positions obviously which we need to fill.”
“With Jon and Andy taking the team (at Ross County), it gives me a bit of space to look for a successor.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was asked at his press conference yesterday (for tonight’s match at Nottingham Forest) about the rumors over Ian possibly leaving the club.
This is what he said:
“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.”
If Ian does leave the club over the weekend Rafa will need to bring in a replacement.
Who that may be will be interesting, but his former assistant coach at Liverpool, Pako Ayesteran, is available and wants to move to England.
What do you think?