Former Newcastle coach Ian Cathro has been sacked after only seven months in his first ever managerial role.

Rafa Benitez wished his departing coach all the best (see below) back in December but now Hearts have sacked him.

This Saturday sees Hearts kick off their league season against Celtic so the timing of the sacking is interesting to say the least.

Official Hearts Statement:

‘Craig Levein, Hearts’ Director of Football, has confirmed that Head Coach Ian Cathro, will leave the Club with immediate effect.

The Board wishes it to be known that this was a very difficult decision, reluctantly made, as every member of the Board recognises that Ian is an extremely talented young coach with a very bright future ahead of him.

“We thank Ian for all of his efforts and wish him well in the future”.

A further statement will be made tomorrow in relation to management plans for this weekend’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Celtic and longer term.’

Newcastle United Official Statement – 5 December 2016:

‘Newcastle United have this evening confirmed that assistant coach Ian Cathro will be leaving the club to become head coach at Scottish side Hearts.

Cathro arrived at St. James’ Park from Valencia in the summer of 2015, and was part of the coaching teams of both Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez during his time on Tyneside.

United manager Benitez said:

“I would like to wish Ian the very best success with his first head coach role. When a coach has the opportunity and the desire to progress his career in management, it is always very important to allow them the freedom to move on and develop themselves.

“We all send Ian our good luck for his future and thank him for his good work for Newcastle United. We will not be appointing a replacement to Ian in the immediate future. We will take some time now to decide what is best for us, our team, coaching staff and the club.”

(Worth having a read of this excellent article published earlier tonight about Kris Boyd’s comments on Ian Cathro…)

  • Jezza

    Bring him back.

    • Rich Lawson

      Good coach,you can see why he would take a managers job but it’s come to early and the expectations in Edinburgh are high,he just didn’t hit the ground running and also seems to have lost the dressing room quite quickly with ex players and Hibbie’s having a go at him in media as well

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        to big of a job at his age

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I think his forte is defensive work, the sooner he comes back the better

  • HappyToons

    So the end bit re: worth reading ‘this excellent article’ slagging off Kris Boyd’s comments was and is proven to be inept as Boyd was right and warned:

    Time will tell if I’m wrong on that. But if I was a Jambo I’d be worried.
    “For me the practical stuff involved in coaching is easy — it’s dealing with highly-charged players that’s the hard part.
    “And for me Cathro is way, way out of his depth.”

    Interesting that Boyd had witnessed Cathro at first hand and thought he had good laptop and modern coaching skills, but seems to have spotted a necessary missing ingredient that makes a top class manager. or even a half decent one.

  • Desree

    Coaching and managing are not the same. Steve McLaren is a great coach I hear. Of course, John Carver was the best in the PL. No wonder the press calls our fans deluded

    • Andy Mac

      Yet neither of them would be chosen by Rafa ? There are those who have learned that all that glistens etc but most assistants think they can do better and then fall into oblivion. The ones who succeed like Guardiola, Mourinho, Paisley etc are special people unlike Carver and McWally.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I said when he left that he should stay with Rafa for at least another 2 years,
    i expect him back at Newcastle as he`s an excellent coach

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes to all the above.

    • Andy Mac

      We all said that Micky. Shlt he’s got the best part of his life ahead of him in terms of football management etc while learning at the side of one of the most revered managers in world football and he fkd up Big Time !