Ex-Celtic man Gary Caldwell leaves Newcastle role 3 weeks after joining

By David Walton

September 7, 2021

Former Celtic centre-back Gary Caldwell has left his job as interim Newcastle under-23s manager, after only being at the club for three weeks.

Caldwell was appointed as the temporary boss of the academy side after former manager Chris Hogg left to join MK Dons as their assistant manager.

The ex-Hoops title-winner only bagged the job on August 17th. It came after he spent some of his youth days in the Newcastle academy himself without ever making a first-team breakthrough. But fast forward just 21 days and the ex-Wigan and Partick Thistle manager has departed already.

Photo by CLAUS FISKER/AFP via Getty Images

Bizarrely, Caldwell has been replaced with his assistant Kevin Richardson for the upcoming matches. Newcastle state they are close to appointing Caldwell’s full-time successor.

Since Caldwell’s appointment, the Magpies’ under-23s have beaten both Birmingham and Burnley respectively.

But it appears he was only due to take charge for a three-week period to help keep things ticking before a new manager was appointed.

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Interesting to see that Caldwell wasn’t being considered for the job on a permanent basis. Granted, maybe it simply wasn’t something he was interested in doing for the long term. After all, he’s already somewhat of an experienced first-team manager at this point.

Caldwell has had a rollercoaster time of it in management so far. After becoming Wigan boss in 2015, he helped promote them from League One to the Championship. The former Scotland international would win the LMA League One Manager of the Year award too.

That spell ended when they looked like slipping back into the third division months later.

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He would then find himself taking Chesterfield down to League Two before again being sacked. His last senior job, meanwhile, came at Partick Thistle in the Championship. Despite having a mandate of getting the Jags back up, Caldwell managed to slump them to second-bottom before again being shown the door.

He’s a manager in need of a pick-me-up. His time with Newcastle looked as though it could’ve provided just that. A chance for him to clear his mind whilst getting back into the swing of things. Instead, the partnership was shorter than many may have imagined.

It’ll be interesting to see where he lands next. But let’s not kid ourselves, Caldwell is in a process of rebuilding his stock again, and his next job will likely reflect that.

In other news, Scott Robertson discusses Celtic ambition next season

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