Calderwood – WBA Win Has Lifted The Place


Colin Calderwood, who is a coach at Newcastle United until at least this summer, admits that last weekend’s great win at West Bromwich Albion, combined with the return to fitness of several of Newcastle’s key players, has improved the spirit in the Newcastle camp.

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Colin Calderwood – good spirit in Newcastle camp

Newcastle are now thankfully in 13th place in the Barclay’s Premier League, and have a 4 point lead over Blackburn, who are 3rd bottom.

Newcastle coach Calderwood told nufcTV:

“It makes a remarkable difference when you get a good result.”

“It’s certainly lifted the place and it also helped that other results went for us.”

“But we have to expect to go to places like West Brom and get a win because it’s imperative that you beat the teams around you at this stage of the season.”

“It’s also a boost to see the likes of Mark Viduka and Oba Martins coming back, as well as the lads who played for the Reserves such as Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa.”

“So all of those things put you in good fettle going into a two-week break.”

Colin and Chris Hughton may be charged with guiding Newcastle in the last 13 games of the season, which is one of the most important periods if we are to remain in the Premier League.

The news that has dampened spirits a little of course, is the fact that manager Joe Kinnear needs heart surgery, which he is due to undergo tomorrow.

But it certainly seems that Calderwood is thoroughly enjoying his time on Tyneside, as only last week he had this to say:

“I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. It’s been refreshing and very appetising. I’ve found something I’ve really enjoyed doing.”

“Sometimes it’s not just the environment you walk into, it’s the people you meet. I’m glad to be here, and it’s given me a lift as much as anything else.”

It’s always good to have people at the club who want to be at Newcastle, and enjoy their work there.

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36 comments so far

  • Tjodalf

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    How come Hughton goes before this fella in contention for the managerial role throughout the season?

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  • DanToon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Because he’s rubbish, I live in Notts i know!!

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  • Tjodalf

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    DanToon, isn’t Hughton rubbesh? 🙂 we should get Barack Obama in as temporary manager…Yes we could!

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  • Ross

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    DanToon-Regardless of past records, Hughton has never managed a club and we were in freefall when he was at the helm last time. didnt we lose like 5 games on the trot or something?
    Calderwood should be in charge, definitly. At least the fella can say he’s actually managed before!

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  • Tjodalf

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    yup!

    Allthough Hughton also can say he did, but I guess we could’nt actually call it successfully…

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    king calderwood ;), get sven in NOW

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7
  • Tjodalf

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Shearer and Ketsbaia should fill the managerposts.

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  • M.Stockley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    i agree bout getting sven, he could save our season….and i hand on heaqrt think he’d come aswell, i know whatb he said bout honouring his mexico contract but i think he’d come to us in a heartbeat…
    give sven a lenghty contract. get rid of this interim crap and bring in some stability and a class manager.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Dirty Sven is hangin lose at Mexico so he could be availible soon.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Sven is great when he has money to spend and quality players to work with. He would have neither at newcastle.

    I would like to see one of Hughton, Calderwood, Robson and Howard wilkinson take over in that order. All would do a great job. Please make it happen Mad Mike.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    we are finished with these amatuers running the first team. typical newcastle, loose stacks of games, get one win and then start patting themselves on the back for a good job well done. its why we never compete at the right end of the table these days. the mentality is all wrong.

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  • Tjodalf

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Would love Sven as boss…with Ketsbaia as assistant….or maybe Shearer? Know it’s been said before, but…yes, this would have me smiling in the mornings again.. 😀

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  • DanToon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Roberto Martinez long term contract. He’s the future and we need to look to the future! Not what people have done in the past! we’ve beendown that road eg: Kenny Dalglish!

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  • Soren

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Getting Sven would be amazing.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Not that I am looking at the negative but there is a BIG difference between WBA and Everton

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe Christian Gross as you only hire spurs cast offs.

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  • Soren

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Greame sure the difference is huge between WBA and Everton, but against Everton were at home and now, hopefully, have a bit of confidence back. Got to stay optimistic as a Toon.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    More positive power fomr our heart to Newcastle United around all the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Joseph

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    graeme true but we’re at home we have injured players back and they are playing this weekend, we’re not so we will be more rested

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Gordon Strachan would be a good long term option I think.
    He’s got respect and has battled relegation before plus we’d get his amusing press conferences.
    In the short term Venables just makes plain sense

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  • batty

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #23

    may be the chuckle brothers will help us out seeing we have allready got there grandad and uncles runnining the club

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #24

    According to swedish newspappers the mexico game yesterday against USA, witch they lost, could be his last game in charge for them

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #25

    benny – if sven joins NUFC the you could always ask us to swap him for redknapp as redknapp doesn’t seem to have a clue when he has good players and money at his disposal.

    Seriously, I can’t see Martinez doing a good job with us. It’s a bloody pressure cooker of a job. He’s done ok at Swansea. I’ll say that again – Swansea. If he was Birmingham or Wolves manager then it might make sense, but Swansea. Hardly a high pressure job, is it?

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  • punk skunk...

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t know if you meant to type ‘newsPAPPers’
    Toon Sweden, but it just about sums them up perfectly!..
    …Excellent!.. 😀

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  • geordie jock

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #27

    So the club have now spoken and a five year plan is in place to see us challanging again, we are not a selling club but a buying club (transfer window ?), Bringing in young player for the future (brilliant in theory, if it works as there are no guarantees the youngsters will make the grade) etc. When is this plan going to start, now or after we get relegated. With these two pillicks in charge relegation is a big possibility, So mr Mike Ashley if you are genuine about our club please get off your fat arse and appoint a manager who can start your dream NOW.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry Punk Skunk, as a swede my english spelling isnt the best..

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #29

    geordie jock – I hear what you are saying, but put yourself in the boards shoes for a minute. Let’s say the do appoint someone on a permanent basis with Joe still in hospital. Can you imagine the amount of stick they would come in for? It would be the very excuse the tabloids and some so called fans would be looking for to have another go at them. The only way they can “win” is by having an interim manager until Joe is fit and well again. They allow Joe to step down and appoint his successor.

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  • square

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #30

    just reminds me of the other times managers from souness to allardyce talking about “lifts” all bull shite to me.

    get the fak-in football right. so what if your spirits are high if your football is not working. it only works againts terrible sides that’s not good enough.

    you can have a good spirits in the championship i think maybe almost weekly but that is unlikely given teams that are really up for it.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #31

    bennytool,

    go back to special school sonner !

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  • square

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #32

    i know how the board seems to be so reserved about communicating and somehow the side effect is that the management talk too much

    and somehow very recently im tired of listening to them.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven
    Get Sven

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #34

    square – winning football games if probably 70% confidence 20% skill and 10% luck. Just look at Hull City. At the start of the season they were on a roll and confidence was high. They’ve since taken a few knocks and they players are realising that the PL is a lot tougher than the championship. I wouldn’t say they had a team of brilliant players who played total football, but they’ve managed to tank us.
    If a team goes out onto a pitch thinking they will get beat then they might as well not bother playing as they will get beat. A team that thinks they’ve got a chance of winning will always give that extra effort.

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  • geordie jock

    Feb 12, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Micky Toon

    I see what you are saying and yes they would get some stick but they have shown they don’t care what other people think. But anyway the main problem we have now is relegation and that has to be avoided at all costs so if that means bringing in a new manager then so be it. Also Joe Kinnears health is more important and this job is too stressful for him.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Are you guys insane??????????
    Sven???
    You must reallyu want this club to go down the swanea.
    The guy knows how to spend cash-full stop
    That`s it like,he was no good as english boss when you see the quality of players he had to choose from.
    He was useless at City,just over spent for average players.Now Hughes doesn`t even use them
    He is useless now at Mexico with quality gifted players available,he cannot get them to play.
    Any more proof that he aint up to it Here?
    He would say yes in a flash as Money would be ringin in his ears
    Sven you just stay away

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