League Two side Cambridge United have appointed a new Head Coach as a successor to Joe Dunne. They have opted to bring in former Northampton Town and Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood, who has largely been working as an assistant manager over the last ten years, most recently as Aston Villa's second in command under Steve Bruce. He's been given an 18 month contract at the Abbey Stadium, keeping him on their books until the summer of 2020.
Calderwood takes over from Caretaker Manager Mark Bonner who was in charge for three fixtures, including last Saturday's match against Yeovil Town. He inherits a side in 22nd place in the League Two table, just one point above the relegation line, and currently two points behind the Glovers.
Cambridge Director of Football Graham Daniels has said that the decision to appoint Calderwood was a unanimous one. They expect Calderwood to make changes to the squad in January:
"We are very pleased to have secured Colin as our Head Coach. The decision to appoint him was taken unanimously by the whole Board. Colin brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success as a player, manager and coach. He is a very respected character who clearly shares the values of the Club. He has impressed us all during the process with his maturity, energy and hunger to succeed. We know that there is real talent in this squad which we will strengthen further in January. We all hope that under Colinís leadership we can build some greater consistency to improve our current league position."
Calderwood has generally worked as an assistant to Chris Hughton over the past decade, acting as his number two in four different scenarios. His decision to leave Brighton and Hove Albion in November 2016 finally broke that norm and saw him team up with Bruce at Villa Park. During his time with Northampton Town, he took them to the League Two play-offs twice, before gaining them automatic promotion during the 2005-06 season. Then at Nottingham Forest, he was their manager during Yeovil Town's famous 2006-07 season play-off semi-final victory at the City Ground, ultimately giving Forest automatic promotion to the Championship a year later.
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