Cambridge United ended their hunt for a new manager by unveiling 53-year old Colin Calderwood yesterday.
The Scot has been assistant manager at Newcastle, Birmingham City, Norwich, Brighton and most recently, Aston Villa, where he was assistant to Steve Bruce. He’s also managed outright before, with Nottm Forest, Northampton and Hibernian.
His time as a stand-alone manager has been varied, he’s known for producing solid, if unspectacular sides but is perhaps more suited to the lower divisions where a direct approach is favoured. He’ll certainly found an outlet for Jabo Ibhere and Barry Corr!
Cambridge are currently embroiled in a relegation battle, although the quality within their squad surely dictates the right manager can pull them clear of trouble. Joe Dunne, whilst meaning well, didn’t seem to be able to blend tough players like Gary Deegan with those who like to play, such as George Maris.
Cambridge will now look to the January window to bolster a side that perhaps needs patching up in place and certainly needs whittling down in others.
Much of the reaction to the appointment has been positive, as you can see below.
You've got yourself a class manager there would've had him back here if we didn't have Curle, good luck Colin at least he still hates the posh
— Aaron Watson (@Aaronntfc_2003) December 19, 2018
Congratulations Colin you’re joining a great club with some fantastic people to work with !
— Kevin Appleton (@jassam1508) December 19, 2018
Would of had him back here at the Cobblers, will make u solid and quite direct style of play but wouldn’t be surprised to see u up the top of the league next year?
— Andrew Palmer (@andyntfc) December 19, 2018
?????? jesus wept! All the best
— Brian Brogden (@you_big_bully) December 19, 2018
did a fine job at forest and hasnt had a crack at anywhere else really since! all the best colin!
— Billy britnell (@will_britnell) December 19, 2018
Great coup for Cambridge you have not only got a top manager but you have a great man one of best i had pleasure of working with
— lee johnson (@leejohnson2712) December 20, 2018
Feels like a McFarland-esque appointment to me, just what we need. A huge January lies ahead. #CamUTD
— Matthew Rose (@mcrose1977) December 19, 2018