Steve McClaren set for transfer breakthrough after coach joy

Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour, right
Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour, right
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Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren will now turn his attention to making a breakthrough in the transfer market after finally appointing his backroom team.

Former Dundee United coach Ian Cathro is McClaren’s new assistant after two weeks of hunting for a No 2.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 10:  Newcastle United's New Head Coach Steve McClaren poses for photographs in the dugout at St.James' Park during the Newcastle United Photo call on June 10, 2015, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Newcastle United's New Head Coach Steve McClaren poses for photographs in the dugout at St.James' Park during the Newcastle United Photo call on June 10, 2015, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The 28-year-old, who left a similar post at Valencia at the end of last season, has accepted the Magpies’ offer to join McClaren’s staff after a lengthy search.

It ends a frustrating search for McClaren, who had been rebuffed by Bolo Zenden, Phil Neville and Steve Round.

And now attention will turn to securing transfer targets including striker Charlie Austin and a centre-half.

Reports in France say Newcastle have bid for Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, though European giants Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus and Liverpool have also been linked with the Tunisian.

Newcastle report back for pre-season next week, and it seems unlikely they will have a new face in their squad before then – apart from Cathro.

The Scot, who started coaching in his teens after injury ended his fledgling playing career, was linked with the manager’s job at Rangers earlier this year.

He quit his post at Valencia because of personal reasons and could be joined at Newcastle by fitness coach Steve Black, who has also been in talks with a return to the club he served in the 1990s.

Cathro enjoys a blossoming reputation within the game, and his comments in a recent interview may strike a chord with fans left disgruntled by last season’s struggles.

He said: “You project forward to the types of job you want to do. I want to fill a stadium and make people excited about coming, feeling that as an enjoyable thing to watch and embrace, whilst being able to do something of significance at a club that leaves a structure and a system so that it continues to profit from beyond my period of time.”