Newcastle United have confirmed that Gary Caldwell has left his role as Under-23 lead coach.

This comes less than a month after he was first appointed.

Caldwell got the job 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.

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.

But I don’t think anyone expected Caldwell’s tenure to be so short. 21 days was all it lasted.

 

Now Kevin Richardson will replace him, as Newcastle continue to look for a full-time successor to Hogg.

Perhaps this was the plan all along, but it would very strange if so. Why bother bringing someone in for just three weeks?

Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United U21 - Papa John's Trophy EFL Trophy
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It’s another strange decision behind the scenes at Newcastle United – the club that fails to make sense with every choice they make.

Fans have been reacting to the news on Twitter, and they can’t quite believe what on earth has happened.

Fans shocked as Gary Caldwell leaves Newcastle after just 3 weeks

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