Hearts Appoints Former Rafa Benitez Assistant Ian Cathro As New Manager 

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Just in case you missed this news from last night, then Hearts have officially named Ian Cathro as their new head coach.

Cathro was assistant to manager Rafael Benitez at Newcastle, but started his coaching career at Dundee United under current Hearts director of football Craig Levein.

Ian Cathro had been the preferred target to replace Robbie Neilson, who left the club to join League One club Milton Keynes Dons last week.

Regarding the acquisition of the 30-year-old Cathro, Hearts’ chairwoman Ann Budge said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Ian Cathro and are confident he is the ideal candidate to take our club forward.

“He is widely regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in the game and has amassed a great deal of experience both at home and abroad.

“He may only be 30 years of age but we are convinced that he has all the tools required to be a successful head coach.”

Neilson left Hearts, along with his assistant Stevie Crawford, last week to take over from Karl Robinson at Milton Keynes.

Newcastle United boss Benitez added: “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.”



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