Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo adds Ian Cathro to coaching staff

Ian Cathro has been appointed as first-team coach at Wolves ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The 31-year-old has been brought in by manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who has been making additions to his backroom staff as he prepares for life in the Premier League.

Cathro and Nuno originally met on an SFA coaching course in 2009, and Cathro went on to become Nuno’s assistant manager at Rio Ave in 2012.

The pair worked well together, making two cup finals and achieving European qualification for the first time in the club’s history.

Nuno took Cathro with him again when he took charge at Valencia, although the Scotsman had to leave for personal reasons before later becoming assistant manager at Newcastle and then managing in the Scottish Premiership with Hearts.

“I am very excited about joining Wolves and looking forward to working with a coach and staff I know, trust and believe in,” Cathro told the club’s official website.

“All of us share the same footballing philosophy and that is such an important factor for a successful coaching team.

“Wolves is a fantastic club with a rich history and lots of potential, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Cathro met the Wolves squad at their Compton training base on Wednesday as they reported for the first day of pre-season.