Former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell confirmed as Newcastle Under-23s' interim manager

By David Walton

August 16, 2021

Former Celtic centre-back Gary Caldwell has been confirmed as the interim Newcastle United under-23 manager after a prolonged period out of football.

Caldwell spent four years at Parkhead and accumulated 134 appearances during his spell in Glasgow’s East End [Transfermarkt]. The former Hibernian academy graduate managed to secure two Scottish Premier League titles as well as a Scottish Cup and League Cup success.

However, despite his success on the field, Caldwell has suffered a roller-coaster period in management off of it. His appointment with EPL club Newcastle ends a 23-month period out of the game after being sacked by Partick Thistle in September 2019.

It’s an interesting move for Caldwell, who won the 2015 League One title in his first managerial gig with Wigan Athletic. He was also voted LMA Manager of the Year for League One in the same season.

But things have spiralled since in terms of his managerial career. Coming close to relegation with Wigan and Partick, Caldwell’s stock has declined. It remains to be seen how long Newcastle want him in his current role

Celtic title-winner Gary Caldwell hasn’t managed to build on promising start to managerial career

Caldwell has both a promotion and two relegations to his name in management. However, too many jobs have gone wrong for him to have clubs lining up looking to bring him back.

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Things didn’t work out at Wigan, Chesterfield, or Partick. He’s yet to have a job in which he’s left with his clubs in a good position. That’s not something that’s going to go away anytime soon. The only way for Caldwell to boost his stock is to make a name for himself in whatever job comes his way.

It’s interesting to see that he’s been given the role with Newcastle of course. Caldwell did spend four years with the club’s youth system before joining Hibernian. But he was hardly a success story there. There’s no successful affiliation between the two.

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Of course, it’s easy to forget how young Caldwell actually is. He’s only 39 years of age, meaning there will be plenty of other opportunities for him to make his mark in management. If it’s a route he still wishes to go down of course.

His 23-month gap will surely have given him sufficient time to recharge his own batteries. It’ll certainly be intriguing to see how long he’s in his new job for and how he takes to it.

Caldwell will be in charge for Newcastle’s trip to Birmingham next Monday. He’ll take in tonight’s clash against Reading from the stands.

In other news, Liam Scales would provide much-needed depth for Celtic in two different areas