Ian Cathro is looking forward to the “challenge” of assisting Steve McClaren at Newcastle United.
The Scot – who has previously worked at Valencia and Rio Ave – will be formally revealed as new head coach McClaren’s No2 this week.
And the 28-year-old said: “This is something that can only prepare me even better for when the time comes (to become a manager).
“I’m incredibly excited by it and I just want to help out in any way I can.
“I wanted the challenge of working in a different league and English football is very different from Spanish football.
“I am also looking forward to working at a club which genuinely wants to push itself and grow, to get back to a real level of competition.
“Steve has worked abroad himself and he is an incredibly experienced coach and manager, an impressive man generally.
“I know I will learn a lot from him.”