New Newcastle assistant manager Ian Cathro reveals footballing philosophy

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Newcastle United look set to name former Dundee United coach Ian Cathro as Steve McClaren’s new assistant.

The 28-year-old Scot, who left a similar post at Valencia at the end of last season, has accepted the Magpies’ offer to join McClaren’s staff after a lengthy search.

Cathro, who started coaching in his teens after injury ended his fledgling playing career, has emerged as a target in recent days and while the club is yet to confirm his appointment, it is understood a deal is now in place.

The Tyneside-bound coach, who was linked with the manager’s job at Rangers earlier this year, enjoys a blossoming reputation within the game, and his comments in a recent interview may strike a chord with fans left disgruntled by last season’s struggles.

Cathro said: “You project forward to the types of job you want to do. I want to fill a stadium and make people excited about coming, feeling that as an enjoyable thing to watch and embrace, whilst being able to do something of significance at a club that leaves a structure and a system so that it continues to profit from beyond my period of time.

“That’s the types of jobs that are more appealing and more natural to me. You’re paid a lot of money, football gives you a lot of good things, and it’s the club’s position in society that gives you that. It’s important that the club gets its value from you.”