Wednesday brought news that Ian Cathro had been installed as second favourite to land the Dundee United job which has been vacated by Mixu Paatelainen.
Ian Cathro (pictured above) was the only one of Steve McClaren’s backroom staff to survive when Rafa Benitez arrived, with the likes of Paul Simpson and Steve Black shown the door after McClaren’s sacking.
The BBC now report Ian Cathro saying that he’s ‘entirely focused’ on working with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United and he has ‘not applied’ for the Dundee United job. Cathro was previously a youth coach at the Scottish club who this season have finished rock bottom of the Scottish Premier League.
Meanwhile, popular former Newcastle goalkeeper Tommy Wright says he doesn’t know why he has been linked with the job and is puzzled by it, having done a great job in guiding St Johnstone into fourth place in the top division.
“I’m happy here (at St Johnstone). That’s why I signed my new deal.”
“I don’t know why my name would be mentioned when I’ve just signed a three-year contract. We are still in the Premiership, so I am puzzled by it all.”
“With the success we’ve had over the last three years, I feel the time is right to make more money available and try to bring a wee bit more quality in so we can try to compete with the other clubs around us.”