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Hibs turn to Calderwood

Newcastle United assistant coach Colin Calderwood has been confirmed as the new manager of Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

Calderwood, a former Scotland international, has signed a three-year contract with the Edinburgh club and replaces John Hughes.

Hibs, currently eighth in the SPL, parted company with Hughes earlier this month and former Chelsea and West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke was linked with the post.

However, Calderwood - who was interviewed for the position before Hughes took charge in 2009 - has been installed in the Easter Road hot seat.

Calderwood admits the chance to be a manager in the SPL was too good an opportunity to turn down.

He said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I've spent at Newcastle United. It has been fantastic to work alongside a brilliant manager in Chris Hughton, and with some great players at the club.

"Being part of last season's promotion to the Premier League is something I'm very proud of and I wish Chris, Paul and the team the very best of luck from now on.

"The opportunity to manage a top-flight side in my home country was hard for me to turn down, and that is a challenge that I'm greatly looking forward to, but Newcastle will always be a special club to me.''

Hughton credited Calderwood with having a major role in the club's success last season.

He said: "Colin has been a big part of what this club has achieved since he's been here. He was an integral part of everything we achieved last season, which culminated in us lifting the Championship trophy.

"Aside from being a very good friend, Colin is somebody who I have the utmost respect for and I wish him all the best at Hibs.''

Calderwood's last managerial position saw him take Nottingham Forest from League One to the Championship before being dismissed after a poor start to the 2008-09 season.

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