By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle would be unlikely to stand in assistant manager Ian Cathro’s way if Hearts’ reported interest in him materialises, according to a reliable journalist.

The Scottish Sun claimed on Tuesday that Cathro was set to be named the new boss at Hearts, as current manager Robbie Neilson is expected to be unveiled as the manager of MK Dons on Thursday.

Now Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder has reported on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies would be willing to allow Cathro the chance at management.

Cathro, 30, has already worked at four clubs including Newcastle at the relatively young age for a coach.

The assistant was initially brought to St James’ Park by former manager Steve McClaren in the summer of 2015.

Experienced boss Rafa Benitez decided to keep Cathro on the Newcastle staff after his appointment, stating he had received “a very good reference” for the former Valencia assistant.

If he was to take the Hearts job, it would be his first job as the leading man in his eight-year coaching career.

He would also become the youngest manager currently in the Scottish Premiership with Hamilton boss Martin Canning currently holding the title at 34.

Football Insider verdict:

Cathro has shown at his young age that he has the ability to become a very good coach in the future. He is a huge asset to Newcastle, who are currently on the right track towards a Premier Legaue return. It may be worth the assistant staying with the Toon and building up his reputation further. Another former Magpies assistant Steve Clarke built up his name with successful stints as the number two at Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham. He was then offered his first managerial role when Premier League side West Brom came calling. Now Cathro could possibly be offered a role as  a manager in the top two divisions in England if he carries on building on his strong work with Newcastle. Therefore, he should avoid the Scottish Premiership and stick with the north east club.

In other Newcastle transfer news, a top-flight manager has dismissed Toon move for star player.