Ian Cathro will sign a contract on Tuesday and be belatedly announced as officially Steve McClaren’s assistant, the Scot having being widely reported four days ago as the Newcastle United assistant manager for the new season.
The former Valencia number two also told BBC Sport that he doesn’t see it as a step down moving to Newcastle.
Cathro joining a club who only survived relegation on the final day of the season, whereas Valencia finished fourth and can look forward to Champions League football if they get through the qualifying round.
Ian Cathro telling the BBC that it is a ‘forward step’ moving to Tyneside and that he is looking forward to the Premier League, which he believes is just as strong as La Liga but ‘different’.
“It’s a forward step to a different type of football. Not stronger or weaker, different.”
Sunday also brought confirmation from Derby County that they were parting company with Paul Simpson. With the first team coach widely expected to take up a similar role under Steve McClaren at St James Park.
With pre season starting on Wednesday and the first friendly in only 11 days time, the new coaching team will need to hit the ground running and get to the bottom of Newcastle United’s failings.
Assistant Manager in waiting, Ian Cathro, also spoke to The Sun:
“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.”