Report: Newcastle set to appoint Ian Cathro to assist Steve McClaren

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Newcastle are reportedly closing in on adding Ian Cathro to their backroom staff.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle are set to appoint Ian Cathro to their coaching staff in order to assist new manager Steve McClaren.

McClaren arrived earlier this month but has so far hit a brick wall in his attempts to bring in an assistant manager, with Bolo Zenden and Phil Neville both rejecting the role according to the Daily Mirror, with Sky Sports also reporting that Steve Round has snubbed the role.

Now though, The Chronicle believe Newcastle are nearing an appointment to bring highly-rated Cathro to Tyneside this summer.

Cathro, 28, is one of the youngest coaches in the game, and recently left his position as Valencia assistant manager in order to pursue other options.

The Sun recently reported that Cathro was a target for Rangers as they looked for a new manager, only for the Scottish club to pick Mark Warburton as their boss rather than Cathro.

That left the Scot out of work, but it seems he will return to football now in order to assist McClaren in some capacity, as reported by The Chronicle.

Future manager?

Cathro has become a hot property due to his youth, and worked alongside Nuno with Rio Ave in Portugal and Valencia in Spain.

Working alongside an experienced British boss like McClaren could be ideal for the 28-year-old, who will no doubt have aspirations of becoming a manager in his own right in the coming years.

That could inadvertently give Newcastle a great chance of landing Cathro as their manager in the future, should McClaren see out the entire duration of his contract at St. James' Park.

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