Llambias Pays Glowing Tribute To Colin Calderwood

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 19, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, Cheers Colin, good luck with the cast of Trainspotting and the rest of the Cabbage fans.

  • munch27

    Oct 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Heres hoping you success colin i just hope you wern’t the tactician in the partnership.

  • Moreno

    Oct 19, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Having re-located to Scotland, I am now going to follow Hibs with an active interest.

    Howay the Hibs!

  • G

    Oct 19, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Surely that should read ‘Howay the Heebies’ Moreno? lol

  • listie

    Oct 19, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    I used to live in Edinburgh, and a lot of my friends are Hibs fans, I can tell you now not very many are happy at the appointment!

  • dak76

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Just a thought, could maybe use Hibs as a proving and blooding ground for some of the youngsters??
    Calderwood knows them and what the toon require from them in terms of development, means they’re not getting itchy feet due to lack of first team action, and there just up the road so easy to keep tabs on etc.

  • Sav

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Sounds like wor Derek is well happy with the compensation package.

  • Moreno

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8


    I reckon that’s a cracking suggestion. Shame it’ll never happen!

  • dak76

    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Moreno – we can all dream!

  • ende

    Oct 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    dak76, great idea. I’d like to see the club establish ‘farm team’ relationships with other clubs at all levels. Clubs with youth systems and coaches we trust. Could be very mutually beneficial.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #11



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