The Curious Case of Jimmy Calderwood
For most men, a two year hiatus from gainful employment would afford ample opportunity for self reflection. However, if you have even a passing knowledge of Scottish football, you will know by now that Jimmy Calderwood is not most men. For Jimmy, silent contemplation has always has been overrated.It is now almost seven years since Calderwood left Pittodrie, and two years since he’s had any involvement in club management after an ill-fated month as manager of De Graafschap. In the time since he waved us a not so fond farewell, he has talked of his on-going bewilderment behind the reasons for his departure with alarming regularity.The latest installment in this horrific post break-up melodrama came only a few weeks ago when Calderwood gave his most incredible interview yet to BBC Radio Scotland. In a rambling half hour Jimmy let rip on former Killie chairman Michael Johnston, accused Willie Miller of getting rid of him because he was in danger usurping him as Aberdeen’s biggest icon, and even found time for a bizarre Steve Lovell segue which had clearly been heavily edited by the time it aired. In among the slanderous slavering was the recurring assertion that neither he, nor the legions of Aberdeen fans he’d spoken to since his departure, had been able to figure out why the Dons board had decided to make a change after 5 years of Calderwood’s tenure.Embed from Getty Images On the face of it Calderwood’s departure in May 2009 could have appeared strange to the casual observer. He led the club to 4th, 6th, 3rd and 4th placed finishes in his first four seasons at the club and the team had again secured European qualification by finishing 4th in the 2008/09 season. Considering where the club had been during the ignominies reigns of Skovdahl and Paterson these were heady days.Despite Jimmy’s protestations to the contrary, any Aberdeen fan who watched Calderwood’s team during that last season could tell you exactly why his time was up. I was one of those on the terraces during the Calderwood era and my reasons are clear.
- Shelf Life
- A dismal domestic cup record
- He was a Rangers Man, don’t you know?