Chris Hugton has talked today about his companion coach, Colin Calderwood, who has been brought in to help Joe Kinnear run the first team.
Chris Hughton – happy to have Colin Calderwood on board with him
We don’t know yet for sure if Chris and Colin will ruin the first team while Joe recovers from his heart surgery which will take place tomorrow.
Mike Ashley is staying quiet about this and that’s probably the right thing to do right now until Joe has his operation.
The most important thing right now is to have Joe operated on successfully and put on the road to recovery.
It looks like Chris Hughton was delighted to be supported in his role as assistant manager by Calderwood and he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“He’s come in as an experienced coach.” “I was fortunate enough to work with him at Tottenham, and he went on to two managerial jobs at Nottingham Forest and Northampton.”
“I was absolutely delighted he took this job and got back into coaching again, and I think he’ll be a big asset to us.”
“It’s always been about bringing the right people in.” “We had been one down since Steve Round went in the summer and wasn’t replaced.”
“It was always the intention to get the right person, and when Colin became available after his exit from Forest it seemed right.”
“What I wouldn’t want him to be labelled as is a defensive coach.” “It also gives us another body, and we’ll be able to work in different areas with the team and do a bit more individual work.”
“He’ll be a big plus for us. I worked with him at Spurs, and I know he has the qualities you need in management.”
“He has a lot of enthusiasm.”
It’s likely that Chris and Colin will be in charge of preparing the side for the home game against Everton a week on Sunday.
That will a tough game, but we’ll be hoping for a win, and we should certainly be able to field a strong side for that game, with Viduka, Smith and Martins all available again, after injury.