Newcastle United have announced that Gary Caldwell’s brief tenure as the U23 lead coach has come to an end. Caldwell was appointed just three weeks ago to come in after head coach Chris Hogg departed for MK Dons. Kevin Richardson will take the helm until a new U23 head coach is appointed which should be happening very soon.
Gary Caldwell has left the club's Academy after completing his scheduled period as interim U23 lead coach.
Kevin Richardson will take the team for its upcoming fixtures ahead of a permanent appointment being announced shortly.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 6, 2021
It seems very strange that Caldwell lasted just three weeks, though that may have been in the initial agreement to join the club. However, it seems that it just didn’t work out as no new coach has been appointed and Richardson will oversee some fixtures before a permanent appointment is made.
In other news, local lad Tom Allan made his debut over the weekend for Greenock Morton. The 21-year-old came off the bench in a 3-1 win over Celtic B in the Scottish Cup with around 20 minutes remaining.
Allan joined Greenock Morton on deadline day along with U23 teammate Oisin McEntee, who is currently away with the Republic of Ireland’s U21 squad. This is a massive move for Allan, who turns 22 later this month.
The versatile attacker made his Newcastle debut in the FA Cup replay win over Rochdale in January 2020. He notched an assist on the goal by Joelinton. The youngster had racked up an impressive goalscoring record for the U23s that season.
However, he went on loan to League One’s Accrington Stanley last season. It was a lost period for Allan as he managed only 8 appearances with Stanley before being recalled in January.
Hopefully, he gets plenty of action with Morton Greenock and potentially earns a new deal. His current contract runs out next summer so we’re pulling for the local lad to do well on this loan move.