Calderwood Finally Joins Newcastle’s Coaching Staff

We had reported back on 19th January that former Scotland, Tottenham and Swindon defender Colin Calderwood had joined Newcastle United as a first-team coach.


Colin Calderwood with assistant David Kerslake at Nottingham Forest

And then a couple of days later, after Colin had been interviewed and denied he was coming to Newcastle we ran a headline saying he was not coming.

More news today that has indeed officially joined Joe Kinnear today at Newcastle as a first team coach.

But it’s only through the end of the season, and we suspect Colin would like to get back into management at that time.

Calderwood is at the Newcastle training ground today, and he has initially dampened down expectations he was moving to Tyneside.

But the Evening Chronicle is today reporting that once Joe Kinnear heard the former Nottingham Forest manager was keen to get back into the game, following his Forest exit ion Boxing Day, he brought Colin to work with him at Newcastle, principally on the defense.

Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have Colin Calderwood on board now, and he will be joining us until the end of the season to bring something else to our backroom team.”

Joe, since coming on board the Newcastle ship in late September, has been running the club with an extremely small coaching staff, essentially made up of right hand man Chris Hughton, and Richard Money who has been doing an excellent job with our Under-18 side and the Reserves.

The 43 year old Colin was born in Stranraer, Scotland and during his playing career was a defender with Mansfield Town (100 appearances 1982-1985), Swindon Town (330 appearances 1985-1993), and Tottenham Hotspur (162 appearances 1993-1999), before managing Northampton Town for 3 years from 2003, and then having a brief reign at Nottingham Forest for a couple of seasons.

We sincerely welcome Colin to Newcastle United and wish him the very best of luck.

21 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    every little helps

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    It could be worse, it could be Colin Hendry!

    Welcome onboard Colin, we could use some new coaches as many left after Keagan resigned.

  • bobby_ollox

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    whatever – I just hope that this inbound hasnt distracted anyone from the search for new playing staff which is where the problem clearly lies.

  • Mags

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #4

    B***** DISGUSTED.

  • super.trooper

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Another former spur. haha

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Welcome aboard son.

    I thought Hughton was defensive coach??
    Well having said that like. We have been leaking at the back like a sive, so fresh perspective is always welcome.

    Lets hope this helps.

    Press conference today isnt it? (pre manc citey)

  • Ericles

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Why end of season? Is JK still an end of season man too? Are we back on the market at the end of the season?

  • RyanToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    F.O, why do you come on our blog? F.O

    hereliho gomes LOL

  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    We lost far too many through the managerial merry-go-round.

    I’m still hacked off about losing Sadler. We (by which I mean Ashley and his chums) obviously don’t want local lads who do a very solid job and, after completing part of their coaching badges, earning high praise from Louis van Gaal of all people (what’s he ever done in football?!).

    Roeder is available and I’m sure there must be other good coaches out there we could bring in.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10

    All we need now are some defenders for him to coach who aren’t broken…

  • Mags

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Cannot believe anyone would have a half way decent comment about this bloke. Well said Prince Bassong, Sadler any day over that bag of s*****

  • super.trooper

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    ryantoon- Are you laughing at your attempt to spell huerelho gomes. haha. tool!

  • John Tudor

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    vampire gomes hahahahhhhhhhghhhhh

  • John Tudor

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14


  • John Tudor

    Jan 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    watch the trapdoor

  • BenjiToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    What qualifies Calderwood for the backroom team at a Premiership club? Sadler had come through the training regime and proven himself. So had Lee Clark. Same with someone like John Carver…none had previous lower league management experience. All good coaches, two are now full time managers.

    How does Calderwood fit the mould of those 3?

    – he’s been a lower league manager…totally different routes into the backroom, some experience which is useful, but generally not very successfull at that level (sacked by Forrest)

    – he has no association with the club…the 3 others did and hence had respect around the place, can he earn that?

    – he had a top-flight playing career (well part of it)…only Clarky had that out of my 3 picks, but being a player – even an international – doesn’t make you a good coach. People skills, intelligence, discipline and communication do. Does he have those? Jury’s out.

    – he knows the manager and assistant well…Clark, Sadler and Carver all had good relationships with their bosses and so could be pull in the same direction. That’s essential, but if the manager doesn’t have the respect of the players his new coach will be immediately disliked.

    For my money this makes Calderwood a gamble. He’s in because he knows Kinnear and Hughton, and Mr (un)Wise of course. But he doesn’t have the same pedigree of other good coaches we’ve had in recent times. His career after retirement as a player has been patchy and questions remain over what he can contribute.

    I don’t think this should be taken as a complete disaster though, as some are saying. We need more coaches, desperately. And at least this is a chance to try and make the backroom team stronger. It’s on a knife edge though…

  • Mags

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #17

    BenjiToon – I fully agree with your comments about other coaches infinitely more suitable to come and help out. I also fully agree that we are singularly very low in that area thanks to Mike Ashley showing them the door, young Adam Sadler in particular.

    However, I cannot, in anway shape or form condone the signing of this man. There is huge history with him as a spud’s player against Newcastle and none of it is good I can assure you. The very thought of him being allowed at our club sticks in my craw.

    There must be loads of better coaches currently not in work that we could recruit even on a short term basis until the end of the season.

    Yet another bad bad bad decision by our club.

  • BenjiToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Mags – I know, the history is not good. But playing and coaching are two different things…that’s part of my point. I wish we weren’t in the position of having to resort to Calderwood, but what can we do?

    The main thing is, we MUST stay up. If this swings it, then maybe its a necessary evil.

  • Mags

    Jan 26, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I will heartily echoe that sentiment about staying up (everything crossed), but can you honestly believe this guy can bring anything to the party, because I can’t.

  • coyote

    Jan 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #20

    in the desperate plight we’re in any littlehelps however I’d have much happier hearing about signings on the playing staff – after all they are the ones we’re most short of, we haven’t got enough fit players to need someone to coach them
    wish him well though

  • JonnyNufc

    Jan 26, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah lets get the guy who was sacked because nottingham forest were left in the relegation zone this season under him

    Then lets make him our defensive coach.


    Yeah im sure he was getting the best out of them. Thats why they went on to win 4 games including beating Man City 3-0 in the cup after he’d been sacked.


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