As reported by the Chronicle, Newcastle United coach Ian Cathro could join Hearts within the next 48 hours.
Many Newcastle fans are likely to be concerned that a member of their coaching team is leaving the club, mid-season.
Cathro was tipped for a bright future in the game even before he joined Newcastle, so it comes as little surprise that Hearts have made a move to take him to Scotland.
Hearts’ director of football, Craig Levein has had his say on Cathro, saying: “Ian is a friend of mine but he is employed by another club, so I don’t want to talk about him.
“We’re looking for a young, intelligent, energetic, enthusiastic coach who can help us move on from where we are.
“That’s the key – to try to get someone in who can improve us.”
Some of Levein’s thoughts on any potential employee seemed to strengthen Cathro’s case, adding: “The salary is not astronomical, and just like with signing players, sometimes you need to see potential in people, and develop them with room to improve.
“Experienced managers can be set in their ways and have expectation levels of salary and suchlike.
“And some of the really serious ones, if we were to go after them, we would not be able to afford them.
“It is about finding someone who is value for money, and who maybe doesn’t have the ceilings in their thought processes that everyone else in Scotland has.