With the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern seriously excited about life back in the Premier League, spare a thought for those who haven’t seen the Rafalution through.
As the Magpies continue to fly with Rafa Benitez at the helm, a man who worked behind the scenes with the Spanish coach is going through a sticky patch right now.
Indeed, former Toon No.2 Ian Cathro has been sacked by SPFL side Heart of Midlothian after just seven months in charge at Tynecastle. His exit follows dismal losses to the likes of Peterhead and Dunfermline in the Betfred Cup, just a few days before the season against Celtic.
Though the 31-year-old has struggled to convince he’s up to the task of being the main man just yet, he remains a popular figure amongst our resident Geordies, with many of them taking to Twitter to chime in on the matter.
Considering all this, here’s a look at how Newcastle fans reacted on Twitter to Cathro’s sacking.
— Tim Clarke (@Tim_JC) August 1, 2017
Really hope we see Ian Cathro back at #NUFC perhaps left a bit too early. A good young coach with great ideas, can learn a lot from Rafa.
— Graeme Bell (@GraemeBell_NUFC) August 1, 2017
— The Toon Network (@TheToonNetwork) August 1, 2017
— The Spectator's View (@thespectoview) August 1, 2017
So, would we take Cathro back? Didn't our performances dip a bit when he left? #NUFC
— Conor Bennett (@CBennett_12) August 1, 2017