Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has today given Colin Calderwood a great send-off from the Newcastle club, which of course he thoroughly deserves.
Colin and Chris during a training session at the Benton facility
Colin Calderwood had been with the club since Joe Kinnear hired him in January of last year, and he has worked as Chris Hughton’s assistant since July of last year.
Colin had been sacked by Nottingham Forest in December of 2008, after he had just got the club promoted from League One, winning six of their last seven league games and finishing in second place in League One.
But Forest made a bad start to the 2008-2009 season in the Championship, with just four wins when Colin was sacked in late December two years ago.
Last season the two coaches did Newcastle proud, by getting the club out of the Championship at their first attempt, with a massive 102 points, and started this season fairly steadily with 8 points from the first 8 league games, and through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup.
And it appears that Derek Llambias recognizes the work done by the former Scotland international during his time at St. James’ Park.
Managing Director told the official web site today:
“The part Colin played in our recent success should not be underestimated” “He is a first class professional and was very popular amongst the players and staff.”
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for him to manage a big club in Scotland. He has had success as a manager before and I’m sure he’ll do so again.”
“Along with everyone else connected with Newcastle United, I wish Colin the very best of luck with Hibernian and in the rest of his career.”
Good words from Derek there, and it’s probably been a long time that we had such good people as Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood running the Newcastle club – they are a credit to themselves and to Newcastle United.
If any Hibs fans are reading this, Colin is a terrific guy, a great coach, a good communicator – and we’ll be following your progress from now on – the best of luck!
Oh, and he’s a Scot too – which cannot be bad. 😀