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!!