Rafa Benitez reacts to Hearts' interest in Newcastle coach Ian Cathro

Rafa Benitez says there's been no official approach from Heart of Midlothian for coach Ian Cathro.

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Hearts are set to lose Robbie Neilson to struggling League One club MK Dons.

And Dundee-born Cathro, 30, has been identified by the Scottish club as a potential successor to Neilson.

Asked about speculation linking Cathrow with Hearts, United manager Benitez said: "He's a good coach. We don't have an official approach.

"At the moment he's our coach and we're happy with him. There's no approach. He has a great future."

However, the Gazette understands Newcastle will NOT stand in Cathro's way should Hearts make an approach.