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Ian Cathro wants Hearts fans to give him what he saw at Newcastle and Valencia

6 years ago

Ian Cathro left Newcastle with the best wishes of the supporters but tasted defeat in his first game as a manager.

Losing 2-0 at Rangers, the new Hearts boss is looking forward to his first home game at Tynecastle.

The former Newcastle Coach says that ‘Team who do well, have strong home records’ and is relying on the Hearts supporters to help deliver them.

Recalling his time on Tyneside, Ian Cathro says: ‘Afterwards, you know that 50,000 people helped (at Newcastle). That’s vital’, and he believes that the current 17,000 crowds at Tynecastle can do the same, then hopefully grow those attendances to 20,000 next season.

Cathro says that when it comes to the relationship between fans and players ‘It needs to go both ways’, with the two sparking off each other.

Talking about his last two clubs, Ian Cathro said ‘It (Valencia) had that feeling, equally St James Park could become a really strong place. They are two special, powerful places’.

Best of luck to  the new Hearts manager tomorrow, with Partick Thistle the opposition at Tynecastle. Hearts currently fourth in the table, a point behind Aberdeen, five behind Rangers, with Celtic 16 points clear of the Edinburgh club.

Ian Cathro:

“Valencia? Magical. The Mestalla is fantastic to the extent you’d arrive 10 minutes before kick-off, look at each other and think, ‘It’s a tough game but we’ll be okay.’

“It had that feeling, equally St James Park could become a really strong place. They are two special, powerful places.

“It’s a different level, which has to be respected, but I feel very similar about this club (Hearts).

“It’s not just a run of the mill club, it is special and hopefully we can create a special environment for the team to play in and enjoy – one of the first things we looked forward to as soon as work began.

“I’ve not been at Tynecastle often but everyone talks about the atmosphere and I have never experienced it myself at a game – I saw a part of a game in pre-season when we were looking at someone but I’ve never been there to feel it so I’m looking forward to that.

“I am also looking forward to our fans and the players pushing each other on. I’m looking forward to it giving us that bit of extra energy.

“It has a positive effect – more so for us at Tynecastle than other clubs who don’t have that sense of thinking ‘this is our place’.”

 “Sometimes you could see a real difference in the players. If the stadium gets up, you see more high-intensity running and tackling.

“And opponents maybe shrinking is a factor also. I’m sure both happen, depending on dynamics and individual circumstances.

“But teams who do well, have strong home records.

“The atmosphere in these places (Newcastle and Valencia) and the feeling in some of the games we played, you don’t notice it at the time. But then you reflect on it and think that it really helped.

“Afterwards, you know that 50,000 people helped (at Newcastle). That’s vital.

“So we want to have 17,000 people helping us here – and next year we want to have 20,000 (at Valencia in 2014/15 when Ian Cathro was there, they averaged 43,205 at home in La Liga).

“We need to give them enough to keep committing their energy, feelings and support to the team. It needs to go both ways. And we can start that with what we do.”


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