Colin Calderwood has left his role as Blackpool’s Assistant Head Coach to join Northampton Town manager Jon Brady as his right-hand man, it has been confirmed.
The 56-year-old who operated as a centre back in his playing days, will join the Cobblers after working his period of notice at the Championship club and after that, will then be planning with Northampton’s manager ahead of their 2021/22 League Two campaign.
Brady was promoted into the first team manager role at the then-third tier side back in February after the departure of Keith Curle, but was unable to save them from relegation as the Cobblers finished in 22nd.
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Nonetheless, 46-year-old, who had worked within the club’s academy for six years, was appointed permanent boss in May and has chosen the Scotsman as a senior coaching figure to aid him through the next campaign and beyond.
For Blackpool, it’s a big blow to a side preparing to compete in a higher tier to lose someone of Calderwood’s calibre, with the new Northampton Town assistant manager formerly taking charge of the League Two side, Nottingham Forest, Hibernian and more recently, Cambridge United as manager.
Neil Critchley will now be on the search for a replacement and the new man will have big boots to fill, with Calderwood playing a big part in Blackpool’s promotion success last season after joining the Seasiders in October.
But how have many Blackpool fans on Twitter reacted to this news? Are they bitter at the fact he’s dropped down two divisions? Or will they miss him after overseeing such a successful period at the club? Perhaps both?
We take a look at some of the latest reaction.
Gutted to see this news 🙁
Thank you for everything, CC! 👍🍊 https://t.co/eD5kUEBBr8
— Alex Reed (@TheRealAlderado) June 17, 2021
— utmp – Up The Mighty Pool (@utmp_) June 17, 2021
Gutted with this, but wish him all the best https://t.co/YEYWQSiWNz
— Bfclee53 (@bfclee53) June 17, 2021
Wish Colin all the best. Met him after the play-off final at Wembley and he’s more than played his part in our success last season! 🍊 pic.twitter.com/j66QsRyUZj
— Sam Fielding (@SammyFid) June 17, 2021
Shame. Had a massive influence when he joined https://t.co/uKOVQNNPg0
— Luke Hargreaves (@HARGO95) June 17, 2021
I honestly believe we would not have been promoted without him https://t.co/9loQVTkThS
— Roy Calley (@RoyCalley) June 17, 2021
Big blow. Instrumental in our success last season. Good luck & thank you, Colin
— 🍊 (@AthersBFC) June 17, 2021
Good luck to him but he will be missed here. https://t.co/EfmcVYbIu5
— Nick Hastie (@Par7yPoison) June 17, 2021
Gutted. He's going to be a huge miss. https://t.co/Kohqf4g3N0
— Si (@hwrth_) June 17, 2021