The Calderwood Conundrum

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Tom says:

    Hi Jason

    Good article, summing up the confusion surrounding the whole issue of Calderwood’s future that currently has Leith agog.

    Claims of a new house and missing his family do seem slightly old fashioned in this cynical age of the peripatetic footballer.

    My own view is that Hibs is a tricky place to work. Calderwood’s situation seems odd in isolation but in terms of a club that’s had eight managers in a decade, it fits a pattern.

    Why is that? Certainly Mr Petrie’s influence is felt throughout the club and since the lost Sky deal led to financial problems in 2002 Hibs have exercised strict control of their accounts. It is this policy that has allowed them to develop a training centre, complete the stadium and come through Setanta’s collapse without the gnashing of teeth of many other SPL clubs.

    It does, however, seem to frustrate managers. There are also a lot of – unsubstantiated – rumours that the signings of Ivan Sproule and Gary O’Connor were not entirely backed by Calderwood. If that’s true – and they don’t fit the profile of his other seven signings – then not only would he feel weakened he has also been robbed of much of his ability to bring in new names this transfer window.

    While Petrie deserves credit for what he’s done, his policy of voluntary penury seems to me to stand at a crossroads.

    Poor performances, uncertainty over the manager and few inspiring signings will affect crowds and season ticket sales. That will in turn threaten the club’s much heralded financial stability.

    It’s a tricky balancing act and if he fails to manage it then I think Petrie is going to feel the ire of the fans before too long.

    All in all a preseason that’s turned into a farce. C’est la vie.

    Cheers
    Tom

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