Saturday, 29 January 2011

Leith said, the better?

Spotted and snapped among the crowd at today's SFL Second Division clash between Sons and Brechin City at the Rock was none other than under-pressure Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood (pictured), who like me had made the pilgrimage to Dumbarton from Edinburgh (I live in Leith, about a mile away from Hibs' Easter Road ground), though with rather different intent.

Presumably Colin was there to check up on the Hedgemen's Number 5, Euan Moyes, who is on loan from the Hibees. He was also at Arbroath under manager Jim Weir Who (moved on to Glebe Park pre-season). Moyes is highly rated, as Andy Galloway notes in Sons View this week. Some weeks ago Euan scored his second goal of the season in Brechin's 3-1 defeat by another of his old club's, Livingston.

Colin Calderwood, meanwhile, has a mountain to climb with out-of-sorts Hibernian, having moved to Scotland to take charge of the famous SPL side after being appointed first team coach at Newcastle United two years ago this month (almost to the day), and having been assistant manager to ill-fated Chris Hughton as the Magpies gained promotion back to the English Premier League at the first attempt by winning the 2009–10 Football League Championship.

Hibs have yet to score a goal in 2011, and have not kept a clean sheet for two months.  But having signed Matt Thornhill from Nottingham Forest and Martin Scott from Ross County, Calderwood yesterday added teenage Icelander Victor Palsson from Liverpool to his squad, in an attempt to turning things round. I hope he succeeds. He didn't look to cheery (who can blame him?), but I imagine he had a more productive afternoon than us Dumbarton fans!

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