Colin Calderwood
COLIN
CALDERWOOD

Colin Calderwood is the current manager of Cambridge United.

Previously, Colin was the assistant manager of Aston Villa, after being assistant manager at both Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Stranraer-born defender's playing career started in bizarre circumstances at Mansfield Town where less than two months after his 17th birthday he was drafted into the team but his registration papers - he had been with a Scottish junior team - had not reached the FA in time and Mansfield were deducted two League points for fielding an unregistered player.

He joined Swindon, then in the Fourth Division, in 1985 and made over 300 League appearances for the club as they climbed to the Premiership. A natural leader, he was Swindon's captain at the age of 20, Calderwood also won 31 full international caps with Scotland and made more than 600 League appearances.

The Scot joined Spurs from Swindon in 1993 and made over 200 appearances in almost six years at White Hart Lane before signing for Aston Villa during transfer deadline week in the 1998/99 season. He was actually quite reluctant to leave Spurs, having served them admirably well for a long time. A dip in form and an injury cost him his place at Spurs, and George Graham could only offer him occasional first-team games.

He settled in well at Villa, but left a year later to join Nottingham Forest for a nominal fee. After failing to earn a regular place there, he was sent out on loan to Notts County for two months at the end of the 2000/01 season, and, soon after returning to Forest, Calderwood retired and moved back to White Hart Lane to work on the coaching staff, starting the second leg of his football career, which eventually led him to Northampton.

Calderwood was initially appointed as first team coach of Northampton in October 2003, on the same day that John Deehan arrived as director of football at the club. Calderwood had served his managerial apprenticeship at Tottenham Hotspur as reserve team coach before Northampton came calling. He was already linked with several other clubs before making the move to the Sixfields.

Calderwood had been on Spurs' back-room staff since 2001 when he hung up his boots after a long playing career in England. After the sacking of Glenn Hoddle early in the 2002/03 season, caretaker coach Pleat called on Calderwood to help out with coaching the Spurs first team.

The fifth manager in four years at the Sixfields, Calderwood took charge of The Cobblers with the team lying 18th in Division Three having won just four of their first 13 games of the season.

Calderwood achieved success in the role by taking Northampton to promotion in 2006 finishing with the club finishing second in League Two. During the season, the Cobblers also set a new club record for the number of clean sheets held by the club - being 25.

In May 2006, he was then confirmed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest. Another promotion followed for Calderwood, as Forest finished in second-place in League One in 2007/08, thereby winning promotion to the Championship.

Calderwood and Forest then parted company in December 2008 before he joined Newcastle.

More success followed as Newcastle clinched promotion back to the Barclays Premier League on April 5, 2010 after beating Sheffield United 2-1 at St James Park. Newcastle were then crowned champions after their 2-0 win at Plymouth on April 19, 2010.

After his spell at Newcastle, Colin was appointed manager of Hibernian in the SPL before he later moved to St Andrews in November 2011.

Prior to his appointment at Carrow Road, he enjoyed an excellent season assisting Chris Hughton at Birmingham City where they guided the Blues to a fourth place finish in the Championship.

In their first season at Norwich, the management team helped guide the club to an 11th place finish.

He is also a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

Honours (7)
  • promotions
    • Nottingham Forest:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola Championship, (2008-05-11)
    • Northampton Town:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola League One, (2006-04-29)
  • personal-awards
    • Nottingham Forest:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2008-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2007-11-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2006-08-01)
    • Northampton Town:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2006-01-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2004-02-01)
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