Calderwood set to join Swans coaching staff

BBC Sport is reporting that Northampton Town assistant manager Colin Calderwood is set to join Swansea City as part of Russell Martin’s coaching staff.

The 57 year old Scot only joined the Cobblers in June last year and helped guide them to the League Two Play-Offs, before being knocked out by Mansfield Town last night.

A former centre-back, the experienced Calderwood has previously worked with Martin during his time at Norwich City.

The appointment will certainly provide some much needed coaching experience for Martin, having only been a manager for around two and a half years.

The assistant head coach role at the Swans has been vacant, since Luke Williams’ exit in February, with Matt Gill stepping up from his role as technical development coach to serve as Martin’s number two until the end of the season.

Gill is now expected to fill that position on a permanent basis, with Calderwood arriving as a coach.

Calderwood began his managerial career at Northampton and has also managed Hibernian and Cambridge United as well as Nottingham Forest, which is where most Swansea fans will probably remember him from.

Martin got to know Calderwood, when he was assistant boss to Norwich City boss Chris Hughton.

During his time as manager at Northampton, Calderwood helped the Cobblers set a new club record for the number of clean sheets held by the club – being 25.

As a former defender, his appointment may well be to address the defensive and set-piece issues which plagued the Swans last season.

An official announcement is expected to be made in the next couple of days.