We knew former Newcastle coach Ian Cathro was having a difficult time of it at Hearts, but we are surprised he has just been fired today with immediate effect.
Craig Levein is the man who hired the coach back in early December and Ian lasted a short seven months in the job.
But it’s part of football management that you get fired – very few managers, even when they are starting off, escape the sack.
31-year-old Ian Cathro – fired as Hearts manager today
This is what Craig Levein, Hearts’ Director of Football issued on behalf of Hearts:
“The Board wishes it to be known that this was a very difficult decision, reluctantly made, as every member of the Board recognizes that Ian is an extremely talented young coach with a very bright future ahead of him.”
“We thank Ian for all of his efforts and wish him well in the future.”
“A further statement will be made tomorrow in relation to management plans for this weekend’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Celtic and longer term.”
Ir will be interesting to see if Rafa hires Ian back as an assistant coach at Newcastle.
But sentiment is not a characteristic of Rafa’s personality – so we doubt that will happen.
What do you think?