Former Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood is set to join the coaching staff at Swansea City. The 57-year-old has been the assistant manager at Northampton since June 2021.
Calderwood has also managed Northampton. That’s where Forest pinched him from in 2006 and the former Scotland star enjoyed a decent time of things on Trentside.
He helped the club win promotion to the Championship during the 2007/08 campaign. Forest actually finished second behind Swansea during that particular campaign.
Now, the proven motivator is set for a return to the Championship. He will take on a role as part of Russell Martin’s backroom team as he looks to make some changes.
Calderwood ended Forest’s exile from the Championship. He took charge of 136 games at the City Ground, winning 57 and leaving with a win ratio of nearly 42%.
He did a lot of good things at the club. Ultimately though he failed to prove himself as a Championship manager and he left the season after promotion with the Reds at the bottom of the league.
Since leaving Forest, Calderwood has held managerial positions at Hibernian and Cambridge with gigs in the hot seat proving tricky to come by.
In recent times, the former Scotland star has become a specialist coach and has held positions at Brighton, Aston Villa and more recently Northampton.
Now the man who also played for Forest as a player looks set to join Swansea where he will link up with Martin ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Forest boss Steve Cooper will aim to do something Calderwood managed on Sunday
Forest haven’t managed to win promotion since Calderwood won it from League One in 2008. Cooper now has a chance to etch his name into folklore by winning promotion to the Premier League.
Calderwood was tailor-made to manage in the third tier. With that in mind, it’s perhaps a surprise that he hasn’t had more success since leaving Forest.
What isn’t a surprise is that he’s developed into a good coach. He was part of Chris Hughton’s Brighton staff that won promotion to the top flight.
He also did some great work at Villa and likewise at Northampton where the Cobblers were desperately unfortunate not to win promotion this season.
Calderwood will bolster Martin’s team of staff considerably and they could be a force during 2022/23.