Dons boss dismisses Carrow Road rumours
Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood has dismissed mounting speculation he is on Norwich's short list to succeed Glenn Roeder. The experienced Dons' chief is reportedly keen on a move south but ruled out any imminent exit after masterminding Aberdeen's 4-2 SPL weekend win over Celtic.
Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood has dismissed mounting speculation he is on Norwich's short list to succeed Glenn Roeder.
The experienced Dons' chief is reportedly keen on a move south but ruled out any imminent exit after masterminding Aberdeen's 4-2 SPL weekend win over Celtic.
Dutch outfit Utrecht are believed to be tracking the 53-year-old as a potential replacement for Wim van Hanegem who steps down at the end of the season. Calderwood - previously linked with Leicester City - denied Norwich had made an official approach but admitted he was aware of the Dutch link after previously working at Willem II and NEC Nijmegen.
“I have heard nothing about it,” he said. “I have heard things from Holland but nothing from the club. Let me enjoy this win first.”
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Meanwhile, Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart feels reported City target Mark Robins is committed to the south Yorkshire club.
Robins only signed a new four year last summer but the ex-Norwich striker was immediately installed among the early front runners to succeed Roeder.
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“I have a marvellous rapport with Mark and no approach has been made,” said Stewart. “I'd be amazed at the end of the day (if Mark went). But business is business and I've been in business for 35 years and am used to any type of surprise, although I wouldn't say shock. I suppose it's quite flattering. In his short spell here, Mark has taken responsibility and he's a professional guy.”
Stewart insists Robins still has unfinished business. The Millers' chief has helped wipe out the club's 17-point penalty imposed at the start of the season for entering administration while Robins' side face Scunthorpe tonight in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paints Area Final.
“He has a big job to do,” said Stewart. “With the first leg of the Johnstone's Paints Trophy area final taking place at Scunthorpe this week we are just two games away from Wembley. With his acquisitions in my reign, we've all seen a constant shift and improvement. It's gone so well and we want him to carry on the incremental movement in performance and one of things we are getting is consistency. I think, if anything after the last two seasons, foundations are getting put in place at this club.”
Stewart expects Robins to move on one day, but not yet.
“As an older guy, I believe that sometimes the best deals take a bit longer,” he said. “Mark is getting a good grounding at Rotherham. No doubt he will move forward with a bigger group one day, but it's all about timing. We're all excited and know that he's looking forward, as we are as a club. The way we started this season has given him confidence in the club and the supporters and I have the same confidence in him as he has in us. There's a good feeling about the club and we're walking tall.”