Why Caldo will be a massive miss for Newcastle

By Lee Ryder on Oct 19, 10 07:48 PM

He arrived here as some bloke who used to play for Tottenham and Aston Villa and left as a figure that helped write an important chapter in the history of Newcastle United.

Colin Calderwood left the club's Benton base with his head held high after playing a crucial if under-stated role with United in the last 18 months.

For a bloke who has been the big chief of both Nottingham Forest and Northampton, Calderwood somehow managed to perform his duty as first team coach without treading on Chris Hughton's toes and maintaining the respect of United's senior players.

The man who once marked Ronaldo had the respect of the first team pool at United because he'd been there, done it and got the t-shirt.

Like Hughton, he didn't big himself up and when it was needed most, with spirits down at the start of the 09/10 season, he managed to get the players laughing again.

In June 2009, after Newcastle fans and players had endured a tough summer, he made sure the job of promotion was focused on by the lads.

It was Calderwood who broke down the Championship season into segments and set the players smaller goals to be reached by the end of each month and each international break.

This was done by using his experience of the Football League having won promotion with Forest and the Cobblers and when you consider how much Newcastle needed a bloke who knew his way around the highways and byways of the Football League last summer, Calderwood's part in the Championship title winning season becomes crystal clear.

In Calderwood, Chris Hughton has lost not only a good friend but also an excellent coach and a great man manager.

Calderwood liked to keep a low profile around the media but did do the odd interview, and unusually in football, when he did opt not to do an interview, he'd always explain why and his reasons always seemed to make sense.

He can be replaced of course but whoever comes in as Hughton's number 2 will have a hard act to follow.

His final request to me as a United man was to make sure he was allowed to thank the fans, the club and the city for his time here and he admitted whenever he thought of Newcastle, he'd always think of his time here with a smile.

All the best Colin, it's been emotional!


AndyMac said:

"He can be replaced of course but whoever comes in as Hughton's number 2 will have a hard act to follow"

Lee has CC really seen it and done it all ?
Mansfield, Swindon Town, Tottenham, Aston Villa + Nottingham Forest plus 36 games for Scotland - hardly a glittering career ?

I'm not knocking the guy but was he a tactical genius who had learned from his playing career or was he just a second opinion to the newly christened Hughton ?

I'd like to think that the new No. 2 will have the "pelotas grandes" to persuade CH that he doesnt have to watch other teams pass us by but start playing to our strengths.

Ryder's reply: I don't think Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger had "glittering careers" either, management is about working with people and getting the best out of them.
Knowing whether they respond to a bit of banter, an arm round the shoulder or a boot up the backside.
From a young footballer's point of view who hasn't played, a role model who has captained a big club like Spurs and played at the World Cup isn't a bad one.

DormAnt said:

It is only when a vital piece of a jigsaw puzzle is missing that you notice just how incomplete the picture really is.
We will know soon enough whether we can see the Calder-Wood for the trees or not.
I thank Colin for his time and efforts on our behalf and wish him every possible success in his new career.

bob harvey said:

Being old and old-fashioned I took the headline about Hughton looking for the "right No 2" to mean looking for the best right back. Pity really.
Anyway, if all were match fit, who would be best at right back?

toonagain said:

Terry Mac or Lee Clarke for me both great servants of the club both great experience as players...

I think its a great sign that our top coaches are being asked to take over at other clubs at manager level, i think its says alot about how highly rated they are. I'm sure most of them would like to come back as manager some day.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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