|Full name||James Calderwood|
|Date of birth||28 February 1955|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|1979||→ Cambridge United (loan)||8||(0)|
|1980–1982||Willem II Tilburg||44||(1)|
|1996–1997||Willem II Tilburg|
|2012||Go Ahead Eagles|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
James "Jimmy" Calderwood (born 28 February 1955) is a Scottish former footballer and was most recently the manager of Go Ahead Eagles. Calderwood played for English clubs Birmingham City and Cambridge United (on loan) and Dutch clubs Sparta Rotterdam, Willem II Tilburg, Roda JC and Heracles Almelo. After retiring as a player, Calderwood stayed in the Netherlands and became a coach, becoming a manager of Willem II Tilburg and NEC Nijmegen.
He returned to his native Scotland in 1999 to become manager of Dunfermline Athletic, guiding them to the 2004 Scottish Cup Final. Calderwood left Dunfermline that summer to become manager of Aberdeen, a position he held for five seasons. Aberdeen performed relatively well in the SPL under Calderwood and reached the last 32 of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, but suffered a number of domestic cup defeats by lower league opponents. He then had brief stints with Kilmarnock and Ross County, helping each club retain their league status. Calderwood returned to the Netherlands in March 2012, with Go Ahead Eagles.
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Born in Govan, Glasgow, Calderwood started his professional career with Birmingham City as an apprentice in 1971, making his first team debut against Stoke City in 1972. He made 159 appearances for the club before spending a short time on loan at Cambridge United in 1979. His contract with Birmingham was cancelled at the end of the 1979–80 season, and he accepted an offer to move to the Netherlands, where he spent almost 10 years playing for Sparta Rotterdam, Willem II Tilburg, Roda JC and Heracles Almelo before retiring in 1989.
Calderwood first became a coach in 1991, of amateur club Rietvogels of Almelo. A year later he became an assistant coach of professional club FC Zwolle, before moving in 1993 to Cambuur Leeuwarden. He returned to Willem II Tilburg in 1995, initially as assistant coach before becoming the manager of the club a year later. A year later, he moving to the managerial position at NEC Nijmegen.
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After a two year spell with NEC, Scottish First Division side Dunfermline Athletic moved to make him their new manager. Calderwood spent five seasons at East End Park, where he led the club to promotion to the SPL in his first season in charge. He also led them to their highest ever SPL position, finishing fourth in 2003–04. That season the side also reached the 2004 Scottish Cup Final, guaranteeing their return to European competition for the first time in 35 years as opponents Celtic had already earned Champions League qualification.
In the summer of 2004 Willie Miller, returning to Pittodrie as Director of Football, brought Calderwood to Aberdeen to replace Steve Paterson as manager. Calderwood oversaw an improvement in Aberdeen's fortunes on the playing field. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for European competition in 2004–05 and 2005–06 but finished the 2006–07 league campaign in third place, ensuring UEFA Cup qualification in 2007–08.
In December 2007, Calderwood led Aberdeen to the last 32 of European competition for the first time since 1986 with a surprising 4–0 demolition of FC Copenhagen at Pittodrie. With this great achievement, the Dons were rewarded by drawing FC Bayern Munich. Calderwood's team drew 2–2 with Bayern at Pittodrie on 14 February 2008, but Bayern pulled off a convincing 5–1 win against Calderwood's team in Germany the following week. Calderwood signed a 3½ year contract to end a month of speculation about his future. Along with Calderwood, Assistant Manager Jimmy Nicholl and Coach Sandy Clark both signed similar 3½ year contracts.
Calderwood took Aberdeen to that season's Scottish Cup semi final where they lost 4–3 to Dumfries First Division side, Queen of the South. This was despite two goals and an assist from Barry Nicholson playing against his home town club.
The 2008–09 season saw Calderwood come in for some stern criticism following the club's poor start to the campaign. The Dons failed to win any of their opening four home matches, and were beaten 4–2 by Kilmarnock in the League Cup. Fans became impatient with some claiming it was time for a fresh start just as the team recovered form and with the Dons comfortably into the race for 3rd place. On Sunday 18 January 2009 Calderwood led Aberdeen to a memorable victory over Celtic by 4–2 in a match that propelled Aberdeen to third in the league. However, just 3 league wins followed in the next 16 and Calderwood left the club "by mutual consent" on 24 May 2009, after the team had qualified for a place in the UEFA Europa League with a 2–1 victory over Hibernian.
Calderwood was appointed manager of Kilmarnock on 14 January 2010, succeeding Jim Jefferies. He agreed a contract with the club until the end of the 2009–10 season. Calderwood managed to secure Kilmarnock's SPL status for another season, but left the club in the summer after disagreeing with chairman Michael Johnston about the player and coaching budgets.
Go Ahead Eagles
Calderwood was appointed coach of Go Ahead Eagles in the Eerste Divisie on 30 March 2012. He left the Deventer club after they were knocked out of the promotion play-offs by FC Den Bosch after the second leg of their double-header on May 13. Calderwood is currently seeking a return to football at the earliest opportunity.
Scottish Challenge Cup
- Winners (1): 2010-11
- SPL Manager of the Month (5):
- March 2002
- April 2004
- August 2004
- February 2006
- April 2006
- As of end of 2011–12 season
|Willem II Tilburg||Netherlands||1996||1997||—|
|Dunfermline Athletic||Scotland||30 November 1999||28 May 2004||202||77||47||78||38.12|
|Aberdeen||Scotland||28 May 2004||24 May 2009||227||94||60||73||41.41|
|Kilmarnock||Scotland||11 January 2010||31 May 2010||23||7||4||12||30.43|
|Ross County||Scotland||17 February 2011||7 May 2011||17||7||6||4||41.18|
|Go Ahead Eagles||Netherlands||30 March 2012||13 May 2012||7||4||2||1||57.14|
- Jimmy Calderwood confirmed as Kilmarnock manager, The Scotsman, 14 January 2010.
- Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
- "Calderwood agrees Dons move". BBC Sport website. 28 May 2004.
- See you, Jimmy…, Sunday Herald 2008-09-27. Retrieved on 2008-10-05.
- "Dons part with manager Calderwood". BBC Sport. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
- "Kilmarnock part company with Jimmy Calderwood". scotsman.com. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- Spence, Jim (16 February 2011). "Jimmy Calderwood takes Ross County post". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- "Jimmy Calderwood: Marc Overmars was key in my decision to join Go Ahead Eagles". STV. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- "Jimmy Calderwood back in management as interim boss for Dutch hopefuls Go Ahead Eagles". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 31 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
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