First Team

Cathro targets small improvements

8th December 2016

New boss encouraged by first few training sessions.

Ian Cathro is targeting small improvements as he takes charge of his first Hearts game against Rangers this coming Saturday.

The new Head Coach and his assistant Austin MacPhee led their first training session on Tuesday afternoon following thier unveiling to the media earler in the day. Reflecting on his first few days in charge, Ian insisted training had been productive and he doesn’t see the need to introduce any drastic changes just yet.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s visit to Ibrox, Ian said:

“There are some really good staff here, good people and the players are really professional. So it’s been easy so far.

“The club is in a good place, the team is in a good place and the whole structure is good. So there’s no reason for any upheaval.

“The players have trained well. We’re making some small improvements - making sure everybody is comfortable - but still making some improvements.

“We’re making some more demands in certain areas, but nothing drastic.

“Robbie Neilson’s just been voted manager of the month. That’s testament to him, but also to the players. So they know they’re in a good place and there’s a good feeling amongst them.”

His appointment has certainly been a hot topic in the media over the last few days, but the man himself appears unphased by the interest shown in him. Instead he chooses to focus all his energy on taking the club forward.

“I feel really at ease because I’ve been preparing for this for a long time. I’ve been doing a lot of these things for a long time.

“We’re going to have a new Main Stand at Tynecastle soon and I want 20,000 people to be excited and running down the street to get into the stadium in time for the first whistle.

“When the ninety minutes are up I want everyone to have had a great day. I want football to give that to people, that’s what makes football special.”