News today that Ian Cathro has been linked to Newcastle United.
Only 28, the Scot is said to be in line for the assistant manager role at St James Park rather than the playing staff.
With the search for Steve McClaren’s number two becoming ever more tortuous as Phil Neville, Steve Round and Bolo Zenden already reported to have turned down Newcastle’s advances, pre season training begins in 8 days time with no replacements as yet for the sacked John Carver and Steve Stone.
Ian Cathro was linked with the Rangers manager’s job but has now stepped down regardless from his role at Valencia only two weeks ago and returned to Scotland, citing ‘family reasons’.
This ended a three year association with Valencia manager Nuno Espírito Santo, who together guided the Spanish club to fourth place in La Liga.
Ian Cathro had an injury-curtailed spell playing youth football and briefly appeared for Forfar and Brechin, but he set up a coaching school while he was still in his teens.
Working for the Scottish FA’s regional coaching set-up, Cathro was then appointed as Santo’s assistant at Rio Ave in Portugal, the pair having met while both were working on their coaching qualifications under the SFA.
At Rio Ave they finished sixth in the league, made it to two cup finals and won European qualification for the first time.
Then in their first season at Valencia, they returned the Spanish club to Champions League football.
When announcing his departure from Valencia earlier this month, Ian Cathro said that it had been a difficult decision but one that he’d taken some time beforehand.
“I would like to thank Nuno Espirito Santo for the opportunity to work with him in the top leagues in Portugal and Spain. It has been a unique and hugely rewarding experience for an ambitious Scottish coach.
“I wish Valencia the success they deserve. I had an amazing time with a great club in a fantastic city. This was a very difficult decision to take and was agreed some time ago.”