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.