Newcastle’s Assistant Manager Colin Calderwood yesterday resigned his position to take up the vacant post of manager at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.
The Scot had originally applied for the Hibs job when it was last available in 2009, only for the board to prefer John Hughes. Following Hughes’s exit by mutual consent on October 4, Calderwood has signed a three-year deal at Easter Road and immediately set his sights on catching up to Glasgow powerhouses Rangers and Celtic.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Newcastle United,” he said. “It has been fantastic to work alongside Chris Hughton and with some great players.
“Being part of last season’s promotion to the Premier League is something I’m very proud of and I wish Chris, Paul Barron and the team the very best of luck from now on.”
Carroll charged with assault.
Magpies striker Andy Carroll was in court yesterday charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend in the early hours of Sunday morning, reports AFP.
Carroll, 21, gave a Newcastle hotel as his address. He denied attacking Laurie Henderson, claiming he was acting in self-defence, and was bailed on the condition that he lives at the family home of club captain Kevin Nolan. The hearing will take place on 10 January.
The Newcastle number 9 will return to court next week to face separate charges of actual bodily harm following an incident last year.
Hughton proud of scouts.
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has paid tribute to his scouting network for bringing to his attention the likes of Cheick Tiote.
The 24-year-old Ivorian has been a revelation in defensive midfield since his summer switch from Eredivisie champions FC Twente.
Hughton told The Sun: “Getting players like Cheick in, it’s all about a network of scouts. I had seen him myself and when that is the case it sometimes stays in your mind.
“He was one we’d looked at over a longer period. I saw him a couple of years ago but Newcastle’s scouts knew him even before then, when he was in Belgium. It was a long process, but we were delighted to get our man and he’s proving us right at the moment.
“I always knew he would be the type of player who would do well in the Premier League. He has the kind of build and mentality you want.”