Colin Calderwood Leaves Newcastle To Manage Hibernian

Rather surprising news today that Colin Calderwood has left his position as Assistant Manager at Newcastle United,  and takes over as manager of Hibernian, in his native Scotland.

Chris and Colin – while at Newcastle together

Colin Calderwood has been at Newcastle since Joe Kinnear hired him in January of 20009, and that was a month after he had been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest.

Colin was appointed as Chris Hughton’s assistant in October of last year, and in a temporary capacity in July of  last year.

Hughton and Calderwood were very successful together,  and of course easily won the Coca Cola Championship last season with 30 wins and 102 points, and it would have been difficult for them to have done any better than they in fact did.

But this is a big opportunity for Colin, and this is what he said today:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent at Newcastle United. It has been fantastic to work alongside a brilliant manager in Chris Hughton, and with some great players at the club.”

“Being part of last season’s promotion to the Premier League is something I’m very proud of and I wish Chris, Paul and the team the very best of luck from now on.”

“The opportunity to manage a top-flight side in my home country was hard for me to turn down, and that is a challenge that I’m greatly looking forward to, but Newcastle will always be a special club to me.”

Chris Hughton is now left without his assistant manager and friend, and he said today:

“Colin has been a big part of what this club has achieved since he’s been here. He was an integral part of everything we achieved last season, which culminated in us lifting the Championship trophy.”

“Aside from being a very good friend, Colin is somebody who I have the utmost respect for and I wish him all the best at Hibs.”

A good move no doubt for Calderwood, but it’s a loss to Newcastle United and to Chris Hughton himself – there’s also no doubt about that.

Now we have to wait to see who takes over as the Assistant Manager at Newcastle, and see if Chris may appoint Peter Beardsley to that role, although he may have already got somebody else lined up, and certainly there are some good coaches available these days.

Chris  may elect to bring in somebody completely new, as Peter has an important job to bring the youngsters through at Newcastle, and it seems he is well suited to that task.

But Chris needs somebody to help him with the huge challenge of managing the Newcastle United football club.

We’re sorry to see Colin go, but  he was always a very capable coach, and we give our thanks to the great job he has done with Chris Hughton for the club over the last 15 months – and of course we wish him every success in Edinburgh.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope CH leaves too.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #2

    20009 ? Ed hehehehehe.
    Sad to see him go. al the best colin. Gud luck.

  • Toon! Toon!

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Beardo for assistant.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #4

    “I hope CH leaves too.”

    What an intellectual response. Tell me more opinion from your large book of quips and stories…

  • john_cena163

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #5

    My team for west ham





  • Doocey

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Big loss, hope we don’t feel it!

  • Thump

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Bugger off if you’re going to be like that, NAM. Take your dark cloud elsewhere.

    Interesting to see who’ll be appointed, like. Wouldn’t say no to Beardsley or maybe Ferdinand.

    Wishful thinking, of course.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Not bothered Calderwood’s gone. He was a total route one, ” hoof it ” merchant , just ask Forest fans. Bring on Beardo or Poyet or Lee Clark and we’ll see some decent football.

    Not fussed about Carroll either. Maybe now we’ll see some football on the deck for a change.

    Hughton is an infuriating mix. On the one hand he can get someone like Arfa to come to NUFC. On the other he gets Perch and Best !

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    ad have campbell instead of williamson that would be my only change though overall good team =]

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    no way poyet or clark will come tha both managers at clubs why would tha leave lol plus lee clark left us as a coach to be huddersfield manager anyways..a rekon get shearer out of his annoying motd studio and come and get the team ticking..or perhaps even Phil Thomson he was a great assistant under gerard houllier.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #11


    Huddersfield and Brighton are league one lol.
    Clark was virtually the tea boy in his time before. Being a number 2 is well on the way to the top job and a salary for an assistant manager job at SJP is more than they’d be getting now, even under Ashley.

    I think we missed a trick with Houllier, not to mention Deschamps, Martinez, Di Matteo and Holloway before the Kinnear fiasco. Ageed Shearer is probably a better number 2 as in his days with Roeder than being the main man, but his ego won’t let him.

  • ruelfoxnhisblacknwhitesox

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    phil thomson dont make me laugh why would we want that pinocchio tosser
    Sir Les would be perfect, teach carroll and shola a thing or too

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    North Atlantic Magpie, ef off you miserable basket. What were you expecting from Hoots? Champions league in his first season in Premier League?

    Rotonda heights, no thanks mate. Sad as it is but Shearers got to big of an ego to work under Chris.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #14

    ruelfoxnhisblacknwhitesox, “Sir Les would be perfect, teach carroll and shola a thing or too”. Think we can start to get used to the idea that Carroll is going to be missing for a few months.

  • dazzad

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #15


  • Thump

    Oct 18, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Why like GG, where’s he going? ;D

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 18, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Thump, He’s a bloody striker. Self defence is a very weak defence. It’s like admitting that he has no pace.

  • nuttyward

    Oct 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Rob Lee for me
    knows the fans and his football

  • baro

    Oct 18, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    He was a great assistant coach but we really have to move on now and there surely are a whole lot of assistant managers that are better than him out there available.

  • Animal_Mother

    Oct 18, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #20

    There is only one option for us and it makes perfect sense JOHN CARVER the man would be perfect.

  • geoff777

    Oct 18, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Looks like Colin Calderwood was the perfect assistant.
    He did a good job for us.
    Sorry to see him go and I wish him all the best.
    Hopefully he’ll coach Hibs to the SPL title.

    C.H. must appoint someone who he knows he can trust.
    Perhaps an ex-team mate or someone from the Irish squad.

  • howay man

    Oct 18, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #22

    nicky butt
    temuri ketsbia
    rob lee
    sir les
    lee clark

    take your pick

  • peterktoon

    Oct 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #23

    John Carver !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • aoOjee

    Oct 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #24

    This sucks.. thanks for helping us getting back in PL colin!

  • CT

    Oct 19, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #25

    DAZ @15, You got it kiddo> Who else, living here n the NE, married a local, seen it, done it, bought bla, bla, bla!!! teeshirt!! Natural choice, also respectsCH! INSPIRED!!

  • Sav

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Just as long as its not Steve Staunton.

  • Ericles

    Oct 19, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #27

    Now Lee Clark and Beardo alongside CH would be great,

  • Darling27

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #28

    John Carver all the way!!!

  • Darling27

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #29

    My Team For West Ham


    GK Krul
    RB Simpson
    CB Williamson
    CB Coloccini
    LB Enrique
    LW Gutiérrez
    CM Tiote
    CM Barton
    RW Routledge
    AM Nolan
    ST Ameobi

  • Darling27

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #30

    I hope Simpson doersn’t pick up a knock today in the reserve game.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #31

    anyone but jfk

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #32

    My Shortlist:

    1. Nicky Butt, – Poor Pundit
    2. Ketsbaia, – Georgia – Whould he give it up?
    3. Rob Lee, – Pundit in Singapore
    4. Les Ferdinand, – Pundit (ex. Satanta)


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