League Two side Cambridge United name former Nottingham Forest boss and Aston Villa assistant manager Colin Calderwood as their new head coach, confirmed by the club website.

League Two side Cambridge United name former Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood as their new head coach, signing an 18-month contract.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Scotland defender replaces Joe Dunne, who was sacked on 1 December after seven months in charge.

Recently, Colin Calderwood has been working at Aston Villa as assistant to Steve Bruce, but both left the club October.

Ben Strang Head of Football told the club website: “We are very grateful to all those who applied for the post. There was a lot of interest and many people gave considerable time to take part in the process. Colin is the right appointment for the Club and will take charge of the team from tomorrow. It is good news that we have clarity and certainty before the Christmas run of games. Our focus is obviously also on the January transfer window where we have already identified a number of targets. We will obviously want to discuss our current thinking with Colin over the coming days and get his input.”

Colin Calderwood spoke to Cambridgeshire Live:  “There’s always a slight problem with every job you get, but there’s no use moaning about it.”

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“(We have to) make the best of the situation.”

“The only thing is, as much as you can train and put your ideas in, the games are where you really learn and the players will have to really take things on board.”

“That’s why the message has got to be simple. We’ll play safe soccer. We have to graduate into being a dominant team. We’re a team at the minute that I think people will come and think they can dominate us. We’ve got to be an ugly, ugly team to play against.”

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“We need to be hard to play against, (we need to make sure) nobody wants to come down here, that they feel there’s a danger when we attack.”

“All those things you want to put in the group. The best way to do it is start with games. It might ebb and flow, hopefully it doesn’t, but we’ll get after a few (teams).”

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