Rags to riches for Cathro as Newcastle role beckons
IAN CATHRO, the highly rated Scottish managerial prospect who was linked with the vacancy at Rangers, is set to be appointed as Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren’s assistant.
It is understood the 28-year-old, who left a similar post at Valencia at the end of last season, has accepted an offer to join McClaren’s staff.
Cathro, who started coaching in his teens after injury ended his playing career, has emerged as a target in recent days and while the club has yet to confirm his appointment, it is understood a deal is now in place.
Cathro played for Forfar, Clyde and Brechin but only began to make a name for himself when he started up his own coaching school. His work with young players in Dundee caught the eye of Craig Levein, who installed him as head of Dundee United’s youth academy aged 22.
During his time at Tannadice, he also worked for the Scottish Football Association’s youth development programme and then moved to Portugal when appointed assistant to Rio Ave manager Nuno Espirito Santo in 2012.
McClaren turned to Cathro after struggling in his efforts to bring in a successful former player in the early years of a new phase of his career, with Phil Neville and Bolo Zenden among the big names who had been sounded out about the vacancy.
Aston Villa also made an eye-catching addition to their coaching team yesterday when Ray Wilkins revealed he had been signed up by manager Tim Sherwood.
The 58-year-old former England midfielder told Sky Sports News: “I was talking to Tim Sherwood – I have been for the last couple of weeks – about going on board and joining the coaching staff and assisting.
“Tim has just now confirmed that I will be going on board.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be back involved. There’s only one place to be – the Premier League.”