Newcastle United have announced that Gary Caldwell has been added to the U23 staff as the lead development coach in the wake of Chris Hogg’s departure to join MK Dons on Friday
? #NUFC have appointed Gary Caldwell as the club's interim U23 lead development coach following the departure of Chris Hogg.
Gary came through the Magpies' youth set-up between 97-01 and will re-join the club on a short-term basis.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 16, 2021
Caldwell, along with his brother Steven, is a Newcastle Academy product who originally joined in 2001 from Celtic. He never made a first-team appearance with Newcastle but went out on four different loan spells before returning to Scotland with Hibernian in 2004.
During his career, the center-back won silverware with Celtic as well as the FA Cup with Wigan in 2013. The 39-year-old hung up his boots in 2015 to join the Latics Academy as a youth coach. He replaced Malky Makay as the first-team manager in April of 2015 during their relegation season to League One.
The following season Caldwell was retained as manager guiding the Latics to the League One title and promotion back to the Championship. He was relieved of his duties the following October after a slow start.
Caldwell went on to manage Chesterfield in League One in 2017 as well as Scottish Championship club Patrick Thistle the following year. He has now returned to Newcastle to help with the U23s on an interim basis.
With his extensive experience as a first-team manager, this is likely an audition for Gary to take the reigns for the U23s, who kick off their Premier League 2 season tonight against Reading at Whitley Park.