David Pleat hails new Hibernian boss Colin Calderwood
Calderwood has worked his way up from the lower divisions in English football
By Brian McLauchlin
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss David Pleat believes Colin Calderwood has the determination and ambition to be a success at Easter Road.
Pleat managed Calderwood, who has been named Hibernian's new manager, at White Hart Lane in the 1990s and is certain that the former Scotland defender will bring a new style of football to the Edinburgh club.
"Colin has been brought up playing attacking football so don't worry about that," said Pleat.
"He's worked hard to establish himself and he knows about passing football.
"Colin will try and make Hibs attractive but he also knows that the importance of winning is paramount."
Calderwood was born in Stranraer but never played any professional football in his native country.
He joined Mansfield Town as a 17-year-old and went on to play over 100 matches before he moved to Swindon Town in 1985 for £30,000.
At the age of 21, he was made club captain and, despite a difficult start, led Swindon Town to the Division Four title.
Rod Petrie welcomed new manager Calderwood to Easter Road
On the park, the next few seasons were a success and he led the team to victory in both the Third and Second Division play-offs.
"He worked hard to establish himself at Mansfield and then Swindon and Tottenham," said Pleat.
"He'll make them attractive, but he knows the importance of winning.
"He'll work hard and he'll earn the respect of the players because he has a certain sense of decency and fairness towards them. They'll respect that."
After making more than 300 appearances for the Robins, he made the move to White Hart Lane and joined his former Swindon Town boss, Ossie Ardilles, after the clubs agreed a fee of £1.25m.
It was during his spell at White Hart Lane when Calderwood made his international debut for Scotland against Russia.
He played 36 times for Scotland and featured in all three matches during Euro 96 as well as the World Cup games in France 98 against Brazil and Norway.
Calderwood's one goal in his international career came against San Marino in 1995.
In 1999, he made the move from Tottenham Hotspur to Aston Villa but within a year left Villa Park and joined Nottingham Forest.
It was to be his last big move in the game as he suffered a badly broken leg that curtailed his career and, after a short time at Notts County, was forced to announce his retirement from playing.
In October 2003, Calderwood became manager of Northampton Town and, in his first two seasons in charge, led The Cobblers to the play-offs but narrowly missed out on promotion on each occasion.
Success, though, was not far away and, in his third season in charge, led them to automatic promotion to Division One.
This success did not go unnoticed and, in May 2006, he was appointed as manager of Nottingham Forest.
In his first season, Forest lost in the play-offs to Yeovil Town, but he successfully led them to the Championship the following year.
The step up, though, proved to be a difficult one and, with only four wins in the league at Christmas, he was sacked from his position at Forest.
Only four weeks after his sacking, he joined Newcastle United as first-team coach and has been at St James' Park up until his move to Easter Road.
He was officially appointed as assistant to Hughton as Newcastle regained their position in England's Premier League.
Now he has a new challenge on his hands, stepping into the Scottish Premier League, a football arena in which he has never played, managed in or experienced beyond the seats in the main stands at matches around Scotland.
The Hibs fans will be hoping he has soaked up enough of a flavour of Scottish football to hit the ground running and reignite their challenge in the top half of the Premier League table.
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