Just eight days after he left his role as Newcastle United’s interim under-23 lead coach, Gary Caldwell has been appointed player development manager at Manchester City.

Caldwell got the job at Newcastle on August 16th, when the club confirmed that he would re-join the Magpies on a temporary basis.

The 39-year-old started his playing career with Newcastle, but failed to break into the first team. He would eventually find success, however, winning two Scottish Premier Leagues with Celtic as well as an FA Cup with Wigan Athletic.

Gary Caldwell Announced as Newcastle United U23 Interim Manager
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The job of lead development coach was always going to be short-term, with the club stating that they will be looking to make a full-time appointment. This came after Chris Hogg left Newcastle to become MK Dons assistant manager.

 

Richardson has replaced Caldwell, as Newcastle continue to look for a full-time successor to Hogg.

Caldwell was only at Newcastle for 21 days before moving on, a decision which baffled some Toon fans.

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Reacting to leaving his role at Newcastle, Caldwell, who was an academy player at Newcastle between 1997 and 2001, tweeted last week: “Enjoyed immensely being back on the grass coaching at the club that gave me my start in football. Thank you to all the players and staff for making me feel so welcome.”

The former Scotland captain will replace Joleon Lescott. He had been City’s player development manager for the last four years, but he recently left the club to become assistant manager alongside Ashley Cole to Lee Carsley’s England under-21 side.

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