Former Aston Villa player Steve Sidwell has commented on the move of Colin Calderwood from Brighton & Hove Albion to Aston Villa.

The ex-star told Sky News:

“Col was a very popular figure at the football club. He was a great go between. I think it’s hit the gaffer hard, but life goes on. I’m sure somebody else will come in and do just as good a job as Colin has done,” Sidwell said.
Calderwood, in a very surprising move, left Brighton to join Villa manager Steve Bruce as the club’s assistant manager.

Sidwell admits that Brighton would miss his expertise, adding that the players enjoyed a good relationship with the former coach. Calderwood decided he wanted a change for once, after teaming with Chris Hughton for a long time in their managerial career.

After the exit of Roberto di Matteo, Bruce seems to have gotten a hang of the role which has resulted in an improvement. Calderwood joins the side as the club remains focused on regaining top-flight English football status as soon as they can. Villa are yet to lose a game under Bruce and they are looking hopeful at making the play-offs.

In the English Championship, Villa are in 16th position but they are only five points from the top six in the standings. Calderwood is expected to join Bruce in the dugout when Villa play Cardiff next.

Newcastle are also fighting hard to regain Premier League status after they were relegated to the lower division at the end of last term. Rafael Benitez seems focused after he decided to remain with them despite joining late into the season. Norwich FC are the third side that exited the Premier League after the 2015/16 season.