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Former Newcastle Coach Ian Cathro finding life tough north of the border

4 years ago

Ian Cathro had his doubters when taking the Hearts job but despite a poor start, he isn’t letting it get to him.

The former Newcastle coach had a very difficult opening match and Hearts were beaten 2-0 by Rangers at Ibrox.

However, that was followed by a 1-1 home draw against then bottom of the table Partick Thistle, despite taking an early lead.

Friday night saw things get even worse, as despite dominating the game (63% possession, 18 shots to 9, 8 on target against 4 for Dundee, 9 corners to their 3) and going 2-0 up away at third bottom Dundee, Hearts managed to lose 3-2 with the winner coming in the 93rd minute.

Despite this, Ian Cathro is upbeat and says that in his first two weeks he had ‘learned an awful lot about everyone’.

As for what he has found out about himself, Cathro says the only thing he has learned is that he was completely right in thinking he was ‘strong enough’ to deal with these type of challenges in management.

Good luck to Ian Cathro in turning it around.

Ian Cathro after last night’s 3-2 defeat at Dundee:

“I didn’t see that coming. Nobody did. We were entirely in control of the game. Our performance was good and we were in a dominant position. Ultimately we have made mistakes and we have thrown the game away. As simple as that.

“When we are in these positions we have to win the games.

“It’s now been two weeks. I have learned an awful lot about everyone, about us.

“The only thing I have learned about myself is that I was right when I thought a long time ago that I was strong enough to deal with these things. I am confident and relaxed in the fact and fortunate that I am strong and these challenges just add to making me a little bit better.”


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