Steve Bruce has spoken of his delight as Aston Villa confirm Colin Calderwood has joined the club as his new assistant manager.
Bruce has been working without a right-hand man since replacing Roberto Di Matteo as manager of the Midlands club last month, although results would suggest it has hardly done him or the club any harm. Villa have played six times since making the change of manager, and they have won three and drawn three to climb away from the wrong end of the table.
This has sparked some excitement amongst fans that a promotion bid could be on the cards, after losing their Premier League status last term. And their chances will have been bolstered now that Bruce has been able to appoint an assistant in Calderwood, after Villa agreed compensation with Brighton & Hove Albion for the 51-year-old who quit the Seagulls last week.
“I’m delighted to bring Colin to the football club,” Bruce told Villa’s official website. “When I heard Colin was interested he shot to the top of the pile. We’ve got an experienced guy and a good football man. It was important for me to get someone of his nous. We interviewed two or three people. But once I knew Colin was available there was only one person I wanted here.”