Ian Cathro Speaks Of Rafa Benitez – An Incredible Professional

Ian Cathro was duly given the job as the new Hearts manager on Monday night and he has been interviewed quite a few times since then.

He has talked about his background a lot, mainly because a number of football men in Scotland are wondering if he’s ready and qualified for such a big job as the new Hearts manager.


Ian Cathro new Hearts Manager

As part of talking about his background he has mentioned the first manager he ever worked for as an assistant manager – 42 year-old Portuguese manager Nuno – whose full name is Nuno Herlander Simoes Espirito Santo.

He worked with Nuno at both Rio Ave in Portugal and then Valencia in Spain.

But he has also talked about his short time with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

This is some of what Ian has said as reported in the Edinburgh News:

“The biggest influence on me will always be Nuno Espirito Santo but I also have to say that working with Rafa has been a really positive experience.”

“He’s an incredible professional with outstanding experience and intelligence. He can make things make sense really easily.”

“He’s been very supportive of me in this situation. I’ve taken a lot from him and his staff. “He was supportive of this idea.”

“His only thoughts were about me making sure it was the right place. If I felt it was right, then it was the right time.”

“I feel this is the right place. There are lots of bits of advice he’s given which I’ll keep to myself because it’s quite personal.”

“The biggest thing was about going to the right place. To start as a manager is a big step but it was mainly about where.”

“Rafa has a very strong staff with big roles and initially the way I could help was with ‘here is what I would do’.”

“So the way I work on a day-to-day basis won’t really change that much, it is just the other things – decision making from small to large – that will be different.”

Ian joins up again with Craig Levein, Hearts Director of football whom he worked with as a Youth coach at Dundee United, his home town club starting back in 2008.

We will be following Ian’s career carefully from now on and we hope he’s a huge success north of the border.

His first game is a tough one at Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Stinger deployed! Gotta stop that bus somehow!

    On Saido… We didn’t half dodge one there, it seems. Hope he turns it round but seems a troubled geezer..

  • firebug666

    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure on Sadio, could Rafa get him turned around? he appears to be quite injury prone too, not sure he is worth the risk, and even if he came on a bosman ruling we would still have to pay some compensation.

    I hope the lad can get going again, but for us…do we need the baggage?

  • Spoof

    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa doesn’t sign player’s on ability alone, without the right attitude and desire he will steer clear of them, so if we do sign Saido then Rafa must feel that he is sound enough, apart from Jermaine Pennant I can’t recall another Rafa signing who was of dubious character, no doubt there will be others but usually Rafa’s background checks do do the required job.


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