Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle Assistant set to be unveiled as Scottish Premier Manager
Rafa Benitez is set to lose Ian Cathro according to reports on Wednesday morning.
Rafa’s assistant will be named the new Hearts Manager and once again work with Craig Levein if/when the move happens.
The current Hearts boss, Robbie Neilson, has held talks to take over at MK Dons, who are currently 19th in League One.
Hearts sanctioned the talks and once Neilson is confirmed as the English club’s new man, the Scottish Sun say that Ian Cathro will then take over in Edinburgh.
The current Newcastle United employee would be taking over what looks a decent opportunity, with Hearts currently fourth in the table but they’ll go second top if beating Rangers tonight (Wednesday).
If Ian Cathro does take the job, he will become the Scottish top flight’s youngest ever boss at the age of 30. Neilson is expected to take charge of tonight’s game and then be named MK Dons boss, with the next domino to fall being the announcement of Cathro as his replacement.
The reports claim that compensation to Newcastle wouldn’t be necessary if Hearts want to make this appointment.
Hearts director of football Craig Levein is said to be a huge fan of Ian Cathro and back in 2008 made him head of Dundee United’s academy.
Cathro was then an SFA Performance schools coach, having played a key role in designing the programme and he already had an influence at Hearts, as his Box Soccer system is being used in their youth academy.
In past interviews, Ian Cathro has made it clear that he sees his future in club management.
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