Colin Calderwood – Please Take A Well Deserved Bow

Newcastle first-team coach Colin Calderwood has given a rare interview with the Evening Chronicle today, and since we don’t hear very often from Chris Hughton’s right hand man, it’s worth reviewing what Colin has said.

Newcastle United – Chris and Colin – the maestros

Chris and Colin seemed to have worked so well together this season in the best interests of the Newcastle club, and they have certainly won over the respect of every single player in the squad.

When Chris was offered the caretaker task of taking over a demoralized set of players on July 1st, he immediately drafted Colin in to assist him, and at that time Colin was on a weekly contract.

That was because the club was up for sale and as soon as new owners came in, a new manager would be appointed.

Yeah – right!

It turns out that Colin was only too willing to help Chris,  because he’s often waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club, ever since Joe Kinnear hired him a year last January.

That was a month after Colin had been fired as manager of  Nottingham Forest, Newcastle’s opponents on Monday night.

But Colin had already built a good foundation at the Nottingham club, and had got the club promoted from League One in the previous season.

Colin bears no grudges today against Forest for his sacking of 16 months ago, as he told the Evening Chronicle today

“You’re always going to get the sack as a manager, more or less.”

“What we built at Forest was good – it just needed a period of time, and  sometimes you do not get time in football.”

Billy Davis was drafted in as manager and has turned Nottingham Forest into a Championship challenging side, who are at the moment 10 points behind Newcastle on 70 points and in 3rd place.

Colin seems to agree that Billy has done more than a decent job at the City Ground sinc eh was hired, and Colin continued:

“Billy has done exceptionally well with the group of players, but he’s also been able to add five or six at a very good level, which has certainly helped.”

“The basis of that team is more or less the group that really struggled last year.”

“You can see the difference with just a bit of experience at that level. They had a poor start to the season, and that group really dug deep on occasions, which is why they are where they are.”

Newcastle are a big scalp for any team in the Championship, but the lads have still managed to accumulate 80 points from their 38 games played so far this season.

And when Forest were in League One and Colin was their manager, it was a similar thing there, with League One teams all out to beat the famous Nottingham Forest side, who don’t  forget were European Champions two seasons running under the great Brian Clough.

Calderwood continued and talked about the similarities between the two clubs:

“They’re very similar circumstances – Nottingham Forest when they were in League One and Newcastle in the Championship.”

“We’re always big scalps.”  “We had party time every time we went away from home trying to win a game.”

Calderwood and Hughton split the season up into segments last summer, and apparently had points  targets for the various segments.

That seems to have worked well this season, and let’s hope they’ll do the same thing next season, once the PL schedule is issued for next season.

We must try at all costs to avoid any relegation problems next season – that must be the aim – assuming of course that we do get promoted.

Colin  talked about the rest of this season:

“We’ve got to finish the season.” “The season, more or less, would be done if we were still in the Premier League.”

“It’s making sure we’ve got enough legs.” “We’ve certainly got enough enthusiasm for the job in hand.

“It’s just making sure there’s enough petrol in the tank to drive us home.”

Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job as Newcastle manager this season, and let’s not forget he’s been given superb backing by Colin Calderwood.

But Colin has hardly been given the credit he deserves for the impact he’s had at the Newcastle club this season.

He’s done just great for the Tyneside club, and we’re sure Newcastle fans will join us in thanking Colin for the great work he’s done for our club.

And hopefully Colin will get promotion in his very first season as Newcastle’s Assistant manager – and that would be the second promotion in three seasons for Calderwood.

And if that happens, which is now highly likely, we expect Mike Ashley to award both Chris and Colin huge wage hikes.


Because if anybody has deserved them this season, it’s  those two men.

Howay he Lads!!

15 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I am a big fan of Colin and Chris. They do better than I ever could!!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #3

    well guess i better thank him and i hope my fellow geordies do also


  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 25, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #5

    colin and chris, the unexpected dream team

  • HendoNUFC

    Mar 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Credit where credit’s due – hats off to the two of them. Hopefully they can see the job through and secure promotion sooner rather than later. On a side note, Calderwood tried to bring Majewski to Forest when he was there and is obviously a big fan. Perhaps if they fail to secure promotion we could try and sign the 23 year old who’s cuurently on loan there.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #7

    At last we seem to have a streamlined coaching team unlike times gone by where there seemed like we had more coaches and medical staff on the bench than playing staff. I would like to see Nicky Butt remain on as a coach after this season joining other ex players creating a boot room effect like Liverpool have had in the past. A good balance of ex players and people who understand the club like Hughton and Calderwood will stand us in good stead for the premiership.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Check out the picture…behind CH and CC sits Tony Mowbray. How things turn so quickly in Football. Mowbray at the beginning of the season looking forward to the challenge of managing a great club like Celtic with loads of hope for the future, unlike CH who ws in charge of the Toon whereby most punters thought was a poisoned chalice…how ironic it should be that Mowbray has been sacked and CH is starting to receive the plaudits for the fantastic job he has done.

  • OHurley

    Mar 25, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #9

    C&C Promotion Factory.

    If you get that joke, then you’re a child of the 90’s like me. 😀

  • StaffsToon

    Mar 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Well said Ed. Speaks volumes for Colin that he is not chasing recognition. Lets just all remember what these two have done in very tough circumstances if we turn out to have a bit of a torrid time next season.

  • pearceet

    Mar 25, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #11

    OHurley // Mar 25, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    You’re going to have to explain this one….. 🙂


    Mar 25, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that we have got all those clean sheets and both our manager and assistant were top defenders when they played

  • MacToon

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #13

    It wasn’t that long ago, January maybe and some were tired of grinding out the 1-0 wins with dire football but still amasing enough points to stay top of the league.

    Now maybe the signing of Routledge later and we have found a (dare I say) more entertaining way to play, especially at home but also the last 2 away games we seemed to have passed the ball around quite well at times and continue to keep clean sheets too. Amazing considering how many centre backs we’ve used recently….

    Anyway, well done to both Chris and Colin and fgs keep it up.


    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m actually happy that we have developed a different style of play home and away. For years our style of play looked like it was just off the cuff, basically turn up and see what happens, tactically naive. For players to develop properly they have to taught about tactics on the training ground. Credit has to go the Chris and Colin for doing this.


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