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NEW HEARTS BOSS REVEALS ADVICE FROM RAFA

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NEW Hearts Head Coach Ian Cathro has revealed how Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez convinced him to take the plunge into management.

The 30-year-old quit the St James’s Park outfit this week to take over from Robbie Neilson at Tynecastle.
Cathro will be joined in the Edinburgh dug-out by Austin McPhee in the Jambos managerial dream team with Stevie Crawford also moving to struggling League One side MK Dons.cy_hpzuxeaajss8
And after leaving his role as Benitez’s No.2 at the Championship leaders, Cathro was quick to hail the Spaniard.

He said: “Rafa was very supportive of this idea. His only thoughts were about me making sure it was the right place.

“If I felt it was right, then it was the right time. I feel this is the right place.

“There are lots of bits of advice which I’ll keep to myself because it’s personal. The biggest thing was about going to the right place.

“To start as a manager is a big step, but I’ve been ready for a while.”

As well as working with Benitez – who led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 – Cathro was No.2 to Nuno Espirito Santos at Spanish cracks Valencia and then Rio Ave in Portugal.

Cathro will make his managerial debut against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

 

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