Hughton speaks of “big blow” and Calderwood replacement within days.

Posted on October 19th, 2010 | 28 Comments |

Hughton: "Big blow".
Hughton: "Big blow".
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton, has been talking to Tyneside newspaper, The Chronic on the “big blow” of losing deputy, Colin Calderwood, to Hibs. He also spoke on the search for his replacement, which, said Hughton, he would be dealing with “over the next couple of days”.

Starting with a tribute to his erstwhile deputy, Hughton said:

“For us it is very much a case of business as usual.

“It’s a big blow to lose Colin Calderwood but certainly one I can understand.

“He’s not only very good at what he does as a coach but he’s also a very good friend.”

On Calderwood’s sudden move to Hibs, Hughton continued:

“When an opportunity like this comes along it is difficult to turn down, and it is no surprise he was in the frame because he has such good pedigree.

“He’s looked to take the opportunity and I wish him well.”

Coming back to Newcastle and the search for Calderwood’s replacement, Hughton went on:

“As I say it’s business as usual – the endeavour to bring somebody in has started, and that is what I will be doing over the next couple of days.

“Myself and Paul Barron will take first-team training, and we have to make sure we prepare correctly for West Ham.

“The attitude, no matter what, always has to be focusing on the next game and putting out a team capable of getting the right result at West Ham.”

Hughton concluded by speaking on the “whirlwind” nature of Calderwood’s departure, saying:

“It all happened very quickly and over the last day or two.

“When it happens like that you just have to deal with it the best you can, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Meanwhile, Calderwood himself expressed his happiness at the time spent at Newcastle in another interview for the Chronic:

“I would like to thank the Newcastle United supporters, the staff and players at the club and the city as a whole for giving me a moment in my life and career which will live with me forever. Whenever I think of Newcastle, it will always bring me smiles and happiness. I’ll always think fondly of Newcastle United during my life.

“I’m sure that with Chris, Paul Barron and the rest of the staff and players, they can continue the good work.

“Newcastle always knew that if a team came in for me as manager then I would be tempted.”

Finally, Newcastle United Manging Director, Derek Llambias paid tribute to the former ‘Spurs and Scotland defender on the club’s official site, saying:

“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.”

I’m sure that all of us here at NUFC Blog would agree in wishing Colin every success for the future, and thank him for all his hard work for the team through some difficult circumstances.

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28 Responses

  1. Is it me, or does it sound as if we are drastically short in terms of coaching staff? When Hughton mentions just him and Paul Barron, who is a goalkeeping coach, it makes me feel abit worried that we are scarily light in the coaching department.

  2. tommyy says:
    October 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    “Is it me, or does it sound as if we are drastically short in terms of coaching staff?”

    It’s not you, tommyy. Not as far as the first team goes anyway until the right replacement for Calderwood is found.

  3. A mate in the know has just told me that Rooney might be staying at ManUre after all.

    Apparently they’ve offered him 100 grans a week

  4. If there’s a replacement within days, would that suggest that ‘they’ are ‘unattached’? Or that we’ve known about CC leaving for more than a couple of days?

  5. Bring in a bright light from the USA MLS. They are on the NUFC salary scale! Plus they are nearly at the end of their season, it would make a good part season job.

  6. I’m sure that all of us here at NUFC Blog would agree in wishing Colin every success for the future, and thank him for all his hard work for the team through some difficult circumstances.<<<<< nope

  7. Does anyone else think that maybe Sol Campbel will be joining the coaching staff as player coach just like Speed was at Sheff utd .

  8. 20 – Sol as no2 would prob fit ashleys profile in that he’s already paying him so get him to do a 2nd job for nowt – espec as he ain’t playing much

  9. With regards to the ‘Should Hughton be fired’ poll…
    Are you having a laugh? Show him some respect for what he’s done for Christ’s sake, get a grip.

  10. As I just said to Lee Ryder, our new No. 2 needs to have the “pelotas grandes” to persuade CH that he doesnt have to watch other teams pass us by because we play 4-4-1-1 with Nolan holding all the cards.

  11. Get Jürgen Klinsmann as NO.2 for CH~~ :lol:

    CH if u read this blog,accept my suggestion.

    and get some Germans into NUFC team. ^^