Rags to riches for Cathro as New­cas­tle role beck­ons

The Herald - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - DAMIAN SPELL­MAN

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.”

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