After a number of false starts, it appears that Newcastle United are at last on the verge of making their second ‘signing’ of the summer, in the shape of Ian Cathro.

Sky Sports are reporting that his appointment is imminent as Newcastle assistant manager, joining fellow new signing Steve McClaren at St James Park.

Only 28, Ian Cathro was a name out of the blue when he was first linked with the job on Tuesday.

The search for Steve McClaren’s number two was looking ever more tortuous as Phil Neville, Steve Round and Bolo Zenden were already reported to have turned down Newcastle’s advances. Exactly what approaches were made and how far they went with that trio, I bet if Ian Cathro is confirmed, we will no doubt be told that he was the choice all the way along.

With pre season training beginning in 6 days time let’s hope that details are concluded and a contract signed, so the important work can begin of getting a team out on the pitch who can do the club and fans justice.

Ian Cathro was linked with the Rangers manager’s job after stepping down from his assistant manager 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.

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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.

Ian Cathro:

“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.”

  • AndrewCowley1

    Never heard of the guy but at least it’s positive news I guess.young and ambitious could be a good step for the club.

  • PeterS84

    Extremely good coach and will be able to bring fresh/new idea’s to the club.

  • Polarboy

    He must be a decent enough coach if he found himself in Valencia of all places. A Scottish coach that young doesn’t find himself as a number two at one of the top clubs in Spain if he doesn’t have something about him.

  • Hughie

    Sounds promising– clean sweep very welcome.

  • percyarcade

    First positive thing to happen in ages,  good luck bonny lad.

  • toonterrier

    Well that’s a start. Good luck to the guy and hope he delivers the goods. Now lets spend some decent money and get the players in we need without moving our better players on just before the window closes which is what we’re good at then saying it wasn’t the clubs fault as Krul, Tiote,. Sissoko, Janmaat and Perez wanted to play in the Champions league.

  • delashio

    Welcome to the toon lad. A coach with a very good record for someone so young. Just waiting on all the negative spin on it now…..

  • v0ices

    delashio seems like a excellent appointment now a few players would be nice.

  • delashio

    Aye it does mate. I just hope the rumors aren’t true about austin wanting him and his family to stay in london.

  • v0ices

    delashio cant see austin too much money for ashley and even if he was willing to meet the asking price would he pay the salary.

  • Drumbo

    Welcome and good luck, nice to see someone young at the club who will have fresh ideas to bring to the team.

    Spanish invasion here we come?

  • DavidDrape

    i bet this guy knows ow to score form a corner

  • mirandinha9

    Christ, he’s obviously got nowt better to do than come to this shambles of a club. Hope he brings a different perspective to things, though, worryingly if he is a new breed from the members of the existing set-up, he’ll no doubt begin to feel a little dismayed overtime at having to kowtow down to Charnley and Cashley’s intentions.

  • Geordie Alex

    I think this is a good step forward if it comes off, I saw an interview with him during the season on sky’s spanish football review. Valencia sold their best players (sound familiar) and had a team mainly made up of younger players. He seemed very positive and a key part of set up. Let’s hope there is a totally new back room team , now we need some players for them to coach ….

  • Hughie

    Lets hope he is working with a better No.9 than Mirandinha!!

  • delashio

    Personally i think it will be more down to not wanting to uproot his family and move and live in the north east if he doesn’t come. Still got my fingers crossed though.

  • NottsToon

    Cathro should be manager by Christmas, after Schteve realises that, just like the rest of us, he’s been taken for a mug by the dodgy tracksuit salesman.

  • killyted

    not bad, taken 4 weeks to get a first team coach,at this rate maybe 2 new players in

  • mirandinha9

    Hughie – well we’ll have to start spending some cash. Mirandinha scored 19 in 54 games, a goal ratio better than 1:3. Relying on the over-hyped Perez to score regualarly when he’s scored a mediocre 7 out of 36, is hardly going to have the opposition quaking in their boots.