Rafa Benitez Has Opportunity To Fill His Coaching Vacancy

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?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1

    If he’s the best man for the job then he should find room for him. The lad only left Toon to try to better himself and manage his own ship.

  • Chrissie Waddle

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I like the lad but I Think that boat has sailed

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3



    Apologies for not replying to your question of yesterday when you asked me for the basis of my suggestion that between Ashley and Barnes were stalking transfer activity. I had knocked up a response yesterday but the pub wi-fi kept dropping and I couldn’t post it – my reply that is, not the pub wi-fi!

    In summary, the grounds for my view are a combination of Ashley being reportedly unhappy with some of Rafa’s buys last summer after leaving things to Rafa and Charnley plus the arrival of Ashley’s supposed brand specialist, Barnes, to whom Charnley seemingly has to run any major spend past (ie seek approval for it).


    If the Telegraph’s analysis is correct, then I’d suggest that transfer hold ups recent past and present are down to Barnes who’ll be doing whatever Ashley asks of him. Again, if that is the case, we have yet again a legal/ finance guy making decisions that impact on the fortunes of a business, the type of which he probably knows little or nowt about!

    Deja vie again? I really hope I’m wrong.

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    * Deja vue not Dena vie.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Joey Barton has signed for Talk Sport . Don’t know what the fee or terms agreed are though

  • SharpEnough23

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t see Rafa leaving this summer at all & if he does were pretty much nailed on for relegation again.
    Come January though, if Ashley is still p*ssing about, not giving the money needed i think he will walk.

    We need three more signings, a striker for when Gayle gets injured, First team left back & another playmaker in the midfield to challenge Shelvey.

    Not fussed how much we spend on them, Rafa’s bought pretty well so far with Yedlin,Hayden & Gayle.
    All of them aren’t that expensive compared to other deals.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I think our squad is still very weak in certain key areas. RB should be feeling very let down that he’s probably staying just for the sake of fans I think.

    Looking at our squad on paper, it’s even weaker than the one that got relegated but we have a world class manager now. I hope this makes all the difference.

    but overall, I think it’s going to be a long hard season scrapping for survival. i’d snap finishing at 17th place right now.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 1, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #8

    The good news, i would say we are one of 13 very average teams in the Prem, we only need to be better than 3 of those.

    Some how I dont see Lascelles being Cap this season, Clarke IMO is better and this new French kid looks decent also, them 2 should be the first choice.

    we lack in CMF, Diame and Collback are not good enough,

    not to sure about any of our forwards in the prem, 3 are all different, but seem limited in what they can do, i dont think we will get as many chances in this league, so defense is going to be more important.

  • ash1001

    Aug 1, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed – Check your sums and wording on ‘Transfers Summer 2017’ Transfer fees in, should Transfer fees Out.
    and the other one should by ‘Transfer Fees In’ not ‘out’.

    As for the sums its £29.5 million spent and £19.0 million in. so net spend is £10.5 million

  • Sir Eric

    Aug 1, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    read that he’s close to joining Wolves and teaming up with Nuno Santo again

  • likeajediknight

    Aug 1, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa isnt sentimental? *goes to sign pepe reina*


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