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#1 OFFLINE   friedbergdvah

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 07:48 AM

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Exclusive: I was so ashamed after Scottish Cup defeat, reveals Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood

Sep 27 2008 By Hugh Keevins

THERE'S nothing the Celtic or Aberdeen supporters can throw at Jimmy Calderwood today that will convince the Pittodrie manager football is a matter of life or death.

Not when he spent part of this week recording a video presentation to be played at the funeral of a Dons supporter who proved the world isn't out to get the man whose start to the season's brought him under pressure.

The fan who died in an oil industry accident had never met Calderwood until the night he was in the same Aberdeen restaurant.

He paid for the manager's meal before Calderwood could get the bill for his wife and himself.

The Dons boss said: "The story I told in the video was that the supporter actually used his dad's credit card to settle the bill.

"I don't know if his old man ever saw the money but he was a lovely lad who only wanted to know what I was going to do with the team he'd always supported."

Calderwood had to miss being at the funeral in person yesterday because he was travelling to Glasgow to prepare his team for a game that will be used in evidence against him if anything goes wrong.

The manager is in the dock after a start to the season that's been low on points and high on criticism.

The jury members who attended Wednesday night's shambolic defeat to Kilmarnock in the Co-operative Insurance Cup at Rugby Park delivered a noisy verdict of guilty on the manager's defensively inept team.

Pittodrie chief executive Willie Miller, another former Dons boss, has felt obliged to offer public support for Calderwood in the wake of that setback.

And yet there those in the Granite City who say Miller is wasting his time by acting as a human shield because the Red Army despise Calderwood for being a Glaswegian.

But there's nothing of a derogatory nature which can be said about the Pittodrie manager that can make him feel any worse than he did on the last visit to the city of his birth.

When Aberdeen lost 4-3 to Queen of the South in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup at Hampden last April a vision in Calderwood's mind was destroyed and three days of torment followed.

He said: "I've kept this mental image in my mind of being on an open-top bus, parading a trophy in front of 100,000 delirious Aberdeen fans on a parade through the city.

"If we'd beaten Gordon Chisholm's side the vision would have become a reality.

"I know we'd have beaten Rangers in the final and I can say that with confidence because Walter Smith told me recently he knew Aberdeen would have beaten his side at that time.

"But we blew it and the journey back to Aberdeen, followed by the days thereafter, formed a horrible experience.

"The fans were outraged and when their buses caught up with our team coach on that long road home there was a lot of banging on the windows accompanied by angry words hurled in our direction.

"I felt ashamed and physically unable to speak. I didn't say a word to anyone for two days and locked myself away at home.

"Eventually people from the club came round to make sure I hadn't done myself a mischief and check on my wife while they were there."

The torment Calderwood felt was made worse because he's always been haunted by a feeling he never made the most of his playing career. And his antidote to lingering depression over being unfulfilled is success as a manager.

He said: "If I win a trophy it will take away all the subconscious anger I feel. A cup win and a league victory over Rangers at Ibrox, the only place I've never won as a boss in Scotland, and the critics couldn't find anything left to shout about where I'm concerned. They'd probably try but I'd be past caring by then."

Calderwood's managerial career in this country has had him at Dunfermline, where the walls full of photographs depicting Jock Stein's triumphs there tell their own story, and Aberdeen, the club synonymous with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The current Dons boss said: "I sometimes think, 'You could have made it easier on yourself'. But I love the city of Aberdeen and I feel honoured to be the manager of their team. I've had charge of the club longer than anyone since Alex left 21 years ago and that's a distinction I'm proud of, even though there are complications.

"What Sir Alex did at Pittodrie left some supporters spoiled for life. But I've never been sacked during 18 years in management and always been allowed to make my own choices. That's meant turning down two offers to go back to Holland and manage Eredivisie sides.

"I didn't even discuss the approaches with Aberdeen because there was no need when my ambitions lay within Pittodrie."

Calderwood has control of a club where spending constraints and a need to balance the books have forced him to sell more quality than he's been able to bring in.

And he can become frustrated while quantifying the kind of money sloshing around the city and seeing it take a detour round the football ground in its midst.

He said: "I went to a do in Gleneagles for some of our well-heeled fans and counted 25 millionaires in the function suite. I thought to myself, 'If you all put in a million quid, what a difference it would make to us'.

"But I understand the way the game works today. In the past Aberdeen have had their fingers burnt, financially speaking, and they won't go through that pain again when they have to consider the next 100 years of the club's history. I'll get on with it and try to build on a team who are capable of beating anyone on their day, or losing to anyone if they're off form."

The manager is also willing to admit his job is a form of addiction brought on by an aversion to anything other than football.

He said: "I play golf but I'm utterly hopeless. I don't relax away from football because I can't relax.

"I've talked to doctors and they've told me that for medical reasons it's probably just as well I let go ofmy emotions on the trackside during matches.

"People see Johnathan Watson imitating me on television and they think that's what I'm really like. It's funny, but it's not accurate.

I don't laugh my way through football because I know I could have had a better career as a player and my aim is to be a winning manager to compensate for that.

"My upbringing will give me the strength to go on looking for ways to fulfil my ambition. By the time I left Glasgow for a career as a player in England I'd graduated from the school of hard knocks in Govan and Castlemilk.

"Since then, I've played for my country and I've gone abroad to work.

"I've pitted my wits against Louis van Gaal and Johan Cruyff and, given the lifespan of the average manager today, I've had a fair run by lasting four and a half years at Aberdeen. When I go to Celtic Park it'll be with a sense of anticipation instead of fear. I respect them and love the banter with the supporters who'll start to give me dog's abuse from the minute I get off our team bus.

"I constantly need to test myself and I know the side I'm working with will improve once players such as Mark Kerr and Gary McDonald have overcome the fact it's hard living up to other people's expectation levels.

"Walter Smith once told me he became a better manager for taking a time-out after he left Everton and before he took the Scotland job.

"But I can't bring myself to take a break because I'd miss the game too much. I'm a man in a privileged position, no matter what }anyone says about me."

'I could have had better career as a player and my aim is to be winning manager to compensate for that'
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:22 AM

"And yet there those in the Granite City who say Miller is wasting his time by acting as a human shield because the Red Army despise Calderwood for being a Glaswegian."

What has that got to do with anything? Sir Alex Ferguson anyone?
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:35 AM

"And yet there those in the Granite City who say Miller is wasting his time by acting as a human shield because the Red Army despise Calderwood for being a Glaswegian."

What has that got to do with anything? Sir Alex Ferguson anyone?


Oh you've got to laugh at that statement.

Utterly ridiculous!
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:39 AM

had enough talk from all involved at AFC.

if its not jimmy and the record saying we hate him for being glaswegian or our expectations are too high its mackie and maguire claiming to be the answer to our goal drout.

stop talking and actually do something about it.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:53 AM

Locked himself in the house for two days after QotS!


You should have done the only decent thing and handed in your notice not sat in your house fealing sorry for yourself. I hope you were docked the two days wages for sitting on your ass and not doing the job that you do so badly anyway!
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God , speed the day,When Calderwoods on his way,From his home in Aberdeen!

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:00 AM

I thought it was an excellent article bar the previously mentioned weegie quote, isn't Miller a weegie himself?
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:14 AM

the weegie quote is just the journalist trying to stir it up.

i would rather not read yet another article about how Calderwood bleeds redder than any fan and goes into a decline worthy of a Jane Austen heroine whenever we lose, but if we must go through this again, it's decently enough written. Actually I've never doubted that Calderwood cares about the team - the problem is with his ability not his commitment.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 10:42 AM

Fair enough Jimmy but this quote is simply hilarious:

I've talked to doctors and they've told me that for medical reasons it's probably just as well I let go ofmy emotions on the trackside during matches.


So it's on doctors orders then?
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 10:49 AM

I quite like those sort of articles. Not the usual pish (well, laced with pish). Bit more interesting than the norm.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 12:00 PM

RIP the Don's fan who passed away.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 01:14 PM

Fair enough Jimmy but this quote is simply hilarious:



So it's on doctors orders then?
:applause:



If it's good for medical reasons to be letting go of your emotions at the football, I'm sure other Dons fans will join me in thanking Darren Mackie and Ricky Foster for significantly improving my health in the long-term.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 02:18 PM

Just read it in the paper and no doubt Jimmy will be annoyed at its context more than us. First is has accused him of being suicidal, as well as acting like he is calling us bad fans, and saying we hate glaswegians.

The only glaswegians I hate are those that wear green or blue at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. Feel like sending this reporter an email saying that the Old Firm might rise to his childish made up stories, but we know better, and have real reasons to want our manager out.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 06:45 PM

"And yet there those in the Granite City who say Miller is wasting his time by acting as a human shield because the Red Army despise Calderwood for being a Glaswegian."

What has that got to do with anything? Sir Alex Ferguson anyone?


Expect nothing else from that clown.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:12 PM

"And yet there those in the Granite City who say Miller is wasting his time by acting as a human shield because the Red Army despise Calderwood for being a Glaswegian."

What has that got to do with anything? Sir Alex Ferguson anyone?


EXACTLY what I was going to say. Note it wasn't a quote from JC himself - trust the rag to put words on others' mouths just to stir up trouble.

I don't hate him as a man either, for that matter. I DO hate some of the formations and "tactics" he employs at times though, and sticks with his favourites, when the proverbial blind man on a galloping horse can see there are better options. Too often for my liking.

But as a person, I think he's likeable enough. Sadly, being likeable doesn't mean you're going to fulfil the managerial remit.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:28 PM

It's difficult to think of any other manager that the media have rallied round so comprehensively as JC this last few days. Any of us supporters dare to voice an opinion against him and we are bigots with unachievable expectations.
It is predictable that we ran Celtic close today, but don't believe for a second that the tide has turned. Only 1 team below us now and they ran Celtic just as close at Parkhead this season too.

And when did he play for his country?
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:31 PM

they didnt rally round him when the scotland job was up for grabs, wxnkers the lot of them
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:42 PM

they didnt rally round him when the scotland job was up for grabs, wxnkers the lot of them


They know fine well, don't they. It's a conspiracy I tell you!
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 10:34 PM

It's difficult to think of any other manager that the media have rallied round so comprehensively as JC this last few days. Any of us supporters dare to voice an opinion against him and we are bigots with unachievable expectations.
It is predictable that we ran Celtic close today, but don't believe for a second that the tide has turned. Only 1 team below us now and they ran Celtic just as close at Parkhead this season too.

And when did he play for his country?


He definitely played at Under-23 level. Was in the same team as Willie and Gordon Smith, among others.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 10:46 PM

Yeah JC played at Junior level, never got a full cap though.
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 02:04 AM

"And yet there those in the Granite City who say Miller is wasting his time by acting as a human shield because the Red Army despise Calderwood for being a Glaswegian."

What has that got to do with anything? Sir Alex Ferguson anyone?


Its the truth thats why I hate Jimmy Calderwood first and foremostly because he is a hun! He has got no other quallities which endear me to him either however the main reason I dislike him is because he is a rangers fan!
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 02:40 AM

If it's good for medical reasons to be letting go of your emotions at the football, I'm sure other Dons fans will join me in thanking Darren Mackie and Ricky Foster for significantly improving my health in the long-term.


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Posted 28 September 2008 - 02:49 AM

Its the truth thats why I hate Jimmy Calderwood first and foremostly because he is a hun! He has got no other quallities which endear me to him either however the main reason I dislike him is because he is a rangers fan!


You are either not an Aberdeen FC fan, or have sub-normal intelligence :fight:
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:52 AM

Its the truth thats why I hate Jimmy Calderwood first and foremostly because he is a hun! He has got no other quallities which endear me to him either however the main reason I dislike him is because he is a rangers fan!


Fergie was a hun Did you hate him aswell Im sure we probally have huns in our team now do you hate them too?
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:00 PM

Its the truth thats why I hate Jimmy Calderwood first and foremostly because he is a hun! He has got no other quallities which endear me to him either however the main reason I dislike him is because he is a rangers fan!



Deary deary me! I'll put it down to you trying to look cool but if thats how you think then you are a troubled person and may as well support the old firm with views like that!
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