Jimmy Calderwood

SPL

Ross County: Job Done

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Purple-faced and incandescent, a collective paroxysm settled on Scotland this week.

Faced with a big decision the SPL scurried to find solace in their default selfishness and proposed voting to save their own souls, even if it meant trampling over the women and children in the rush to the lifeboats.

Extra Time - A Scottish football round-up

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Ah, another week in the wonderful world of Scottish football lies ahead. Generally at this time of year, football bloggers take a break from the keyboards and enjoy a well-earned break from the cut and thrust of blogging about the round ball  game, but the close season so far has been anything but closed.

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Aberdeen: McGhee out, Brown in

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Eighteen months after Aberdeen last raided Motherwell for a manager, they've decided that one is not fit for the purpose, and have gone back to the same dealers to get a better one.

Eighteen months might not be, in the grand scheme of things, a very long time to give a manager to prove himself, but in this instance the prevailing opinion is that the Aberdeen board showed the patience of saints (or at least, the patience of a board who couldn't afford a big pay-off) in giving Mark McGhee as long as they did.

SPL 2010/2011: Aberdeen

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"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."

A warm welcome back to Seb Gevers, the now retired supremo of the unfortunately defunct Inside Left blog.

Seb continues to post about all things Aberdeen on The Offside and has kindly agreed to provide a preview of how the 2010/11 SPL season might pan out for the Dandy Dons.

Book Review: The Don - The Willie Miller Story

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The following book review was originally published in the excellent Scotzine fanzine The 12th Man Issue 8, available from their website.

Willie Miller is the most successful club captain outside of the Old Firm, has played more times for Aberdeen than anyone else and retired from Scotland as the third most capped player of all time (as of current writing he is seventh equal).

Book Review: The Don - The Willie Miller Story

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The following book review was originally published in the excellent Scotzine fanzine The 12th Man Issue 8, available from their website.

Willie Miller is the most successful club captain outside of the Old Firm, has played more times for Aberdeen than anyone else and retired from Scotland as the third most capped player of all time (as of current writing he is seventh equal).

New Manager Syndrome – Fact or Fiction?

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Jimmy Calderwood didn't get off to the best of starts as he tries to rekindle his managerial career his Kilmarnock side went down 3-0 at home to Motherwell. We often hear about the effect that a change of manager has on a side. For many trigger-happy chairmen, it's the main reason why they sack their [.

SPL Weekend Preview: Celtic to beat Hearts

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Walter Smith insists the title race is still wide open, but the last seven days appear to have cleared the way for another Old Firm assault on the Scottish Premier League.

Dundee United and Hibernian have been giving the Glasgow two a run for their money this season, however once Rangers and Celtic get their noses in front of the rest, they tend to stay there.

Get Real

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At around 4.30 this afternoon Owen Coyle stood on the brink of taking Burnley into the top flight for the first time in over 30 years.In Glasgow Jim Traynor was predicting that Owen Coyle would be a front runner to replace Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager.Even in the insular world of Scottish football Jim's timing seemed a little off.

Get Real

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At around 4.30 this afternoon Owen Coyle stood on the brink of taking Burnley into the top flight for the first time in over 30 years.In Glasgow Jim Traynor was predicting that Owen Coyle would be a front runner to replace Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager.Even in the insular world of Scottish football Jim's timing seemed a little off.

Get Real

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At around 4.30 this afternoon Owen Coyle stood on the brink of taking Burnley into the top flight for the first time in over 30 years.In Glasgow Jim Traynor was predicting that Owen Coyle would be a front runner to replace Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager.Even in the insular world of Scottish football Jim's timing seemed a little off.

Why Calderwood should stay

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Regular readers of this blog will know that under the surface of an otherwise neutral and unbiased body of work beats the heart of a ...

Saturday Special

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One of the benefits of feeling like crap is being able to spend an afternoon submerged in Scottish football. A small benefit to be sure, but paupers in a credit crunch can't be too choosy. So our afternoon kicks off at Love Street where Artur Boruc, apparently no stranger to love, showed himself to be quite street as well, avoiding a red card when many a ref would have stubbed him out like a

A Dismal Nothingness

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Do friendlies mean anything at all? Most managers would say they're a valuable way of gauging a team's readiness for the season ahead. If they win. If they lose they'll write them off as merely a fitness excercise. So who knows if they do mean anything. But three events in Scottish football show that friendlies can have a far from positive impact.

You What?

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Colin Calderwood delighted as Lee Miller extends Aberdeen stay Headline from Times Online today. Why on earth would Colin care? Glad that our paper of record has such an on the ball sports desk. Good news for Jimmy Calderwood though as he rebuilds for next season.

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Hibs Still Searching

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What madness have I returned to?

With a shiny, completed ground and a financial position that the board enjoy describing as "healthy" all should be rosy in the Easter Road garden.

Unfortunately football is still about finding a manager and a squad of players who can deliver something on the pitch.

By the numbers - the 2008/09 Scottish Football season

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The Scottish football season finally came to a halt as Rangers win the Scottish Cup following their 1-0 victory over Falkirk last Saturday. The promotion and relegation fixtures have been played; St Johnstone, Raith Rovers, Ayr United, Stenhousemuir and Dumbarton are all preparing for life in a higher division following their promotions, while for Inverness Caley Thistle, Clyde, Airdrie United, Queens Park and Stranraer next season will mean having to adjust to life in a lower league.

By The Numbers: The Scottish Football Season

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The Scottish football season finally comes to a halt as Rangers win the Scottish Cup following their 1-0 win over Falkirk last Saturday. The promotion and relegation fixtures have been played; St Johnstone, Raith Rovers, Ayr United, Stenhousemuir and Dumbarton are all preparing for life in a higher division following their promotions, while for Inverness Caley, Clyde, Airdrie United, Queens Park and Stranraer, next season will mean having to adjust to life in a lower league.

Kilmarnock

Money, Money, Money

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A weekend away and little in the way of football to get in the way. I was down south for the England game yesterday but chose not to watch. I played Monopoly instead. Better a board game celebrating capital excess than 90 minutes of watching some of our least deserving beneficiaries of that excess fail to live up to their own hype.

Celtic still 10 points behind, Hibs keep up fight for 2nd place

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Rangers are still 10 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League after a 3-0 win over Falkirk at Ibrox. In honesty, it was a pretty flat game with the class of Steven Davis playing a big part in deciding the result.

The Northern Irish midfielder scored the first for Rangers after 18 minutes with a superb free-kick from 25 yards out.

Walter Smith

Silver Surfers

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Everything changes. Everything stays the same.Walter Smith in charge at Ibrox. Jim Jefferies in charge at Hearts. Craig Brown back in the dugout. Kilmarnock turning to Jimmy Calderwood.If the BBC was once called hideously white must we know see the SPL managerial cabal as hideously old? (And hideously white as well, of course, but that's a whole different kettle of fish).

Scotland – the second toughest job in football?

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As Brian Glanville opined in his book on England managers, it is perhaps the toughest job in football. As the founders of the modern day association rules football, the English national team has a prestige and it is the manager's job to protect this; to ensure that England remains at the top (or at least near to it) of the world game.

Burley’s Out, But Whose Next in Line?

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George Burley has been sacked as Scotland's national team manager. The former Premier League Manager of the Year in 2001 could only muster three wins in fourteen appearances over his reign and Scotland was unable to qualify for even a second seed playoff knockout spot in the FIFA World Cup Qualifications this season.

The SFA and the search for the next manager of Scotland

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Now that the bunting has been torn down from between the tenements and the houses and the last of the party revellers bundled into a taxi for the long ride home, the mandarins at the SFA find themselves in a situation that gets less unique with every tournament that passes Scottish football by. But they should [.

The Rest

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Get yer England stab vest only $69.95. A must for any self-respecting fan this summer in knife-happy South Africa [The Offside]

Emmanuel Adebayor losing weight after trauma of seeing one of the victims of the Togo bus tragedy die in his arms [Guardian]

The Top 15 Leagues in Europe [Soccerlens]

Liverpool interested in Reading keeper Adam Federici.

QPR Snippets: Magilton/Abrdeen?...No QPR Departure Announced....Gallen Staying....Oli Starring...

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- Jim Magilton and Aberdeen?

QPR and Other Football Snippets

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- Team QPR Racing Team Rumour

- Supposed QPR Managerial Target, Jimmy Calderwood Explains Why He Left Aberdeen

- From today's (May 26) Daily Star (via BBC Gossip:) "Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd is hoping to beat Jim Magilton for the QPR manager's job.

REPORT: Jamie Smith to Toronto FC?

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Trading Red for Red, Smith may soon make T-Dot home.

According to several overseas sources, including this BBC article, and this one in the Aberdeen Evening Express, the Aberdeen winger could be headed to BMO Field.

Here is an excerpt from the Express:

Smith, however, looks certain to move and is understood to have already opened talks with MLS side Toronto, who are managed by former Scotland striker Mo Johnston.

Some SPL Predictions

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We are but a heartbeat away from the new season. So time for some very unscientific predictions: First managerial casualty: Mixu. Almost certainly. If the rumours have an ounce of truth in them then a humping by Clyde could mean he's away before the start of the season. To be swiftly followed, I'd guess, by Rod Petrie.