Cathro with Newcastle United in 2015
|Date of birth||11 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Dundee, Scotland|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (first-team coach)|
|2008–2012||Dundee United (youth coach)|
|2012–2014||Rio Ave (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Newcastle United (assistant)|
|2016–2017||Heart of Midlothian|
|2018–||Wolverhampton Wanderers (first-team coach)|
Ian Cathro (born 11 July 1986) is a Scottish football coach, who is currently a first-team coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was previously an assistant coach at Rio Ave, Valencia and Newcastle United, and was briefly the head coach at Scottish Premiership club Hearts.
After working as a local youth coach in Dundee, Cathro became the head of Dundee United's youth academy at the age of 22. During his time with Dundee United, he also worked for the Scottish Football Association's local youth programme. He helped bring through a number of notable young talents, working with players such as Ryan Gauld and John Souttar from a young age, Gauld has cited Cathro as one of the biggest influences on his career.
In 2012, he became the assistant manager of Portuguese club Rio Ave. In 2014, he followed Nuno, his manager at Rio Ave, to Spanish club Valencia, where he also became assistant manager. The two had first met at an SFA coaching course in Scotland in 2009. He resigned his Valencia post on 11 June 2015.
A fortnight later, he agreed to join Premier League side Newcastle United as assistant to Steve McClaren, the recently appointed manager. When McClaren was sacked by Newcastle United in March 2016 and replaced by Rafa Benítez, Cathro was thought highly enough of to be retained as assistant manager.
Heart of Midlothian
Cathro was appointed head coach of Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian on 5 December 2016. The appointment caused some debate within Scottish football. Kilmarnock player Kris Boyd questioned whether such a young manager, with limited playing experience, could command the respect of the squad. Hearts performed poorly in the second half of the 2016–17 season, winning 5 of 22 league games after Cathro was appointed. They fell to fifth place in the league and were knocked out of the 2016–17 Scottish Cup by their Edinburgh derby rivals Hibernian. After Hearts failed to qualify from the 2017–18 Scottish League Cup group stage, Cathro was sacked. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that there appeared to be a "confused" approach at Hearts, with a mismatch between the style of play Cathro wanted to implement and the type of players signed by the club. After Cathro left, Hearts interim manager Jon Daly and player Cole Stockton claimed that the physical training under Cathro had lacked intensity.
- As of match played 29 July 2017
|Heart of Midlothian||5 December 2016||1 August 2017||30||8||7||15||26.67|||
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