Why Steve McClaren’s first signing is ‘excited’ to be coming to Newcastle

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Ian Cathro’s looking forward to the “challenge” of assisting Steve McClaren at Newcastle United.

Scot Cathro – who has previously worked at Valencia and Rio Ave – will be formally revealed as new head coach McClaren’s No2 this week.

And the 28-year-old said: “This is something that can only prepare me even better for when the time comes (to become a manager).

“I’m incredibly excited by it, and I just want to help out in any way I can.

“I wanted the challenge of working in a different league, and English football is very different from Spanish football.

“I am also looking forward to working at a club which genuinely wants to push itself and grow, to get back to a real level of competition.

“Steve has worked abroad himself and he is an incredibly experienced coach and manager, an impressive man generally.

“I know I will learn a lot from him.”

Meanwhile, Paul Simpson is also expected to join McClaren at Newcastle.

Derby County, McClaren’s former club, confirmed yesterday that Simpson would leave the iPro Stadium, where he had been first-team coach.

Chief executive Sam Rush said: “Paul Simpson leaves Derby County with our thanks for his contribution to the club, both as a player and also on the coaching staff.

“We wish Paul every success for the future in his coaching career.”