Despite still no official announcement, Ian Cathro has spoken for the first time about taking on his new challenge at Newcastle United.

The Scot who was number two at Valencia is expected to take up the same position at St James Park and says he is ‘looking forward to working at a club which genuinely wants to push itself and grow’ – let’s hope he is right and there is going to be a complete change in the way Mike Ashley runs NUFC.

Sunday brought news elsewhere with Phil Neville (who was previously reported to have turned down the Newcastle job under McClaren) being revealed as Ian Cathro’s replacement at Valencia.

Whilst more relevant to ourselves was the official statement Derby County made, declaring that first team coach Paul Simpson was leaving the club on Tuesday (tomorrow).

This leaves the way open now for Simpson to complete Steve McClaren’s most immediate backroom team, hopefully coming together and starting work when pre season training begins on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Sun, Ian Cathro:

“This (joining Newcastle) is something that can only prepare me even better for when the time comes (to become a manager/head coach).

“I am incredibly excited by it and I just want to help out in any way I can. I wanted the challenge of working in a different league and English football is very different from Spanish football.”

A club which wants to push itself:

“I am also looking forward to working at a club which genuinely wants to push itself and grow, to get back to a real level of competition.

“Steve (McClaren) has worked abroad himself and he is an incredibly experienced coach and manager, an impressive man generally – I know I will learn a lot from him.”