The Very Latest On Ian Cathro’s Situation

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • dcdick

    Dec 2, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    So…..Hearts manager bails out form the Scottish Premier league for a third tier (League 1) club in England.

    Are things really that bad in Scottish football ?


  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s all about feet on rungs of ladders.
    If he’s any good he’ll be off to the PL in short order – life changing rewards there .

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Will we have a buy back clause in case Rafa (all hail him) takes the Spain job at some point. ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4


    previous articles

    Murphy – I would like to see Murphy given a chance if fit

    I think him and Gayle would make a half decent partnership – but knowing Rafa we will go one up front.

    Rafa’s bingo team could be very interesting tonight based on players fitness and recovery from tuesday night


    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye agreed with the 2 games and the long shift tuesday….rafa may well have to shuffle the pack a bit….thats why i put the side out earlier….but tbh it could be any side.

  • mickybraham

    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa Bingo

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Atsu

  • reilly

    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    sign up to sportsmania for the match tonight, 4 quid for a day pass watch the game in hd no buffer.
    sign up close to kick off so you will get all tomorrows prem games aswell.
    best thing i have ever done for sports on kodi. no more shite streams.

  • TyneMouth

    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #8

    RAFA BINGO; Tonight’s Team Sheet..


    Anita…Lascelles…Grant… Dummett.

    Shelvey… Tote.

    Atsu…Perez… Gouffran.



  • JamesToon

    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa bingo:


    Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett

    Shelvey, Colback/Hayden

    Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran


  • TyneMouth

    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Yellow Cards;

    Are all yellow cards now annulled?

    We dad five players on four yellows…

  • TyneMouth

    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Dad? Had, mad sad…


    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    @ Jib

    Thanx For The Link Mate xD

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #13


    That’s a good idea, will jail allow options for positions.

    If so my team would be

    Anita/Yedlin Lascelles Clarke Dummett/Lazar
    Hayden/Anita/Tiote Shelvey
    Ritchie/Atzu Perez/Diame Gouffron

    Can I enter that one Jail or do I have to stick to my original 11?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    James Toon
    You really don’t get this do you. You have got twelve players in your team!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Are you taking the pi$$?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #16

    My confirmed Rafa bingo
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Ritchie Shelvey Tiote The Gouff
    Perez Gayle

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17


    As if. 🙂

  • Mag52

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #18


    Are you sure you couldn’t have fitted Mbemba in somewhere there as an option ?

  • Toonces

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #19


    5 (Premier League) 31 December
    5 (EFL) 30 November
    10 (Premier League) 2nd Sunday in April
    10 (EFL) 2nd Sunday in March
    15 End of Season

    For example, a Premier League player earning their fifth caution of the season on or after 1st January would not earn any ban. However, if they received ten cautions by the second Sunday in April, a ban would apply. Players who receive 20 or more cautions in a season shall be required to attend a Regulatory Commission.

  • Goromagpie

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa bingo
    Yedlin lasc Clark dummy
    Hayden shlvy
    Ritchie Perez gouffran

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I thought so 😀 I’m glad you were, I was starting to question my faith in humanity!

  • TyneMouth

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #22



  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Almost 30% of Championship teams start with the letter B.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Off topic from nufc,

    have to say Gabriel Paulista’s speech is quite touching, and gives me real motivation to live life to the full no matter what. If you haven’t watched it, definitely give it a watch on youtube. On his bday he felt the urge to talk to one of his mates on that team on the plane, but left it for another day, then the tragedy happened.

    “So if you think you want to do something, just get out there and do it, because we do not know what tomorrow brings”

  • JamesToon

    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Anyway buzzing for the game tonight, need to end this horrible week of 2 losses.


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