Friday, 26 December 2008

Calderwood pays the price

A couple of weeks ago I was phoned by a friend in a pub and asked to see if I could get a price on Colin Calderwood as the next Swindon Town manager. I guessed wrongly that this meant he had just been given the sack at Forest. The tip was from a West Country journalist, the same one who had told me he had spoken with Glenn Hoddle after his interview for the Ireland job and that he was "very confident" he had got the job! 

I couldn't get a price and that was not surprising as Calderwood was still in full employment at Forest. He's a highly rated "young" manager and he took them out of league One last season, so I thought they might even stick with him this year come what may. However, looking at the fixtures this morning, I thought Calderwood might be struggling this evening if Doncaster beat them. Having duly been beaten 4-2 this afternoon, Forest have indeed parted company with Mr Calderwood. Sensing a pound note in the air, I looked up prices for the Swindon post, only to find that they appointed Danny Wilson at 11am today! A perfect case of 2+2 = 5.

Nonetheless, the timing of Calderwood's departure is interesting. Forest obviously believe they still have a chance of Championship survival under a new man, so it will be interesting to see if Chapple, Murray & Co come to the same conclusion in the next few days. If we have any chances of staying in this division, we need to finish above Doncaster, Southampton and Forest, so we need to pray that Forest have as much luck as we've had we've our last three or four appointments.

Oh, and a final word for QPR boss Paulo Sousa who had some complimentary things to say about us after the game today. He was obviously impressed with the support shown by the Valley faithful today and by our fighting spirit.

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