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HEARTS LINE UP CATHRO AS NEILSON HEADS FOR EXIT

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IAN CATHRO is poised to be named new Hearts boss as Robbie Neilson agrees to a shock move to MK Dons. Despite a late move by Rotterham, Neilson has agreed terms to move to League One in England to take on the task of managing MK Dons.
The Tynecastle gaffer had talks with the English League One side yesterday after taking training in Edinburgh ahead of tonight’s home Premiership meeting with Rangers. Terms have now been agreed which will see Neilson leave Tynecastle.
Cathro is currently part of Rafa Benitez’s coaching staff at Newcastle, but will quit St James’s Park to move to Hearts. And, at just 30, he would become the top flight’s youngest-ever manager.
Compensation to take the coach from the Magpies is not expected to be an issue.0102781389887400

Neilson will take charge of the game against the Ibrox men this evening, and will be unveiled as MK Dons new gaffer tomorrow.

Cathro’s appointment could be confirmed this week, although it may be that a caretaker boss will take charge of Saturday’s game against Ross County.

He also looks likely to have scope to appoint a new assistant, with current No2 Stevie Crawford set to follow Neilson across the border.

Craig Levein, the Hearts Director of Football, is a fan of Cathro and made him head of Dundee United’s academy in 2008 when he was just 22. He then moved onto the SFA Performance schools programme.

In 2014, he made a surprise switch to  Portugal to become  assistant boss at Rio Ave before moving to Valencia to link up with Nuno Espirito Santo, with whom he had worked in Portugal.

Cathro was taken to Newcastle by ex-boss Steven McClaren in June 2015 and stayed on when  Benitez took charge last season.

 Now he could be on the move again to the Edinburgh outfit.
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