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.
Aston Villa went from competing in the Premier League during the season of 2015-16 to falling into the bottom spots of the English League Championship.
This is a huge step down for the English club and Steve Sidwell believes that the recent string of underwhelming performances from the players of Aston Villa is due to Roberto Di Matteo as he is the man to blame.
Steve Sidwell used to perform with Aston Villa from 2008-2011 and even though he is no longer part of the club, he still remains up to date with everything that is going on with his former club and the 33 year old English midfielder has recently voiced his thoughts concerning some of the things that are going on in with his former club.
“Steve Clarke, I’ve worked under him, the training would have been top draw. The lads would have enjoyed working under him. Di Matteo has fantastic pedigree, but there was obviously no connection there.” Steve Sidwell said.
Out of the 13 opening English League Championship matches of the season that Aston Villa has played so far, they have secured 2 triumphs, 8 draws and 3 defeats. After Aston Villa suffered relegation from the Premier League during the 2015-16 season, supporters of the club wanted and expected them to earn a promotion spot in the English League Championship and get back to the top tier English League but at this point in time, the question that is rising if they will even be able to escape from the bottom relegation zone.
Sidwell has also stated the importance of home games as the current player of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club said that in order to get back to the Premier League which is one of their main objectives, for this to happen they will have to earn a good form in their home matches.
‘’They are obviously going to want to go back to the Premier League as quickly as they can, but they are going to need to get to grips with the Championship as it’s relentless.” Steve Sidwell added on.
Midfielder Steve Sidwell says that his former club Aston Villa can think about promotion only if the excel in the home matches.
Villa were relegated into the Championship to bring an end to their long stay in the top division. They were one of the few clubs never to have been relegated from the Premier League. However, the decline was forecasted some time ago and Villa started the rebuilding process in the summer by appointing Roberto di Matteo. Results from the former Chelsea boss has not been spectacular and the club are struggling in the bottom half of the table even after nine matches.
After having secured just one victory all season long, Villa are in danger of dropping out of the promotion race even before it starts. Sidwell played at Villa Park for three years from 2008 to 2011. Many see this as the time when the club’s struggles started and which were largely unnoticed by former owner Randy Lerner. Now playing with Brighton, Sidwell to get back into the Premier League but with a different team. He has previously achieved promotion to the top division with Reading. The only victory for Villa so far has come in the league and it was a 3-0 success over Rotherham United. Interestingly, this victory came in the first couple of games and Villa have been unable to win since then.
Sidwell says that the club needs to build on this result.“We spoke last year that the players that they bring in have to have the right quality and mentality.The key will be their home form. They are leaking goals [currently]. They are obviously going to want to go back to the Premier League as quickly as they can, but they are going to need to get to grips with the Championship as it’s relentless,” said Sidwell.
At the age of 33, Steve Sidwell is reaching the last few stages of his career and the English midfielder is aware of this, it’s because of this reason that Sidwell is already preparing himself for life outside of the pitch and the English player is taking all the steps needed to start off his career as a manager.
Steve Sidwell has been playing football at a competitive level since he performed in the youth squad of Arsenal which was back in 2000.
From there on out, Sidwell has gone out to perform with a number of different clubs including: Brentford, Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Fulham just to name a few of his former teams.
The experienced midfielder recently voiced details concerning his current situation as a player in Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and Sidwell later went on to talk about his near future and revealed information in relation to his managerial career which still has not kicked off but he is working to making it happen.
‘’Every year is tough but you only have to look at this year with the teams coming down like Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle. Then you have got teams like Derby and Sheffield Wednesday that are still there and spending.It's so different from being a player. You have to be able to stand up in front of a group and get your ideas across. So I am learning a lot’’
"I find myself watching games now and it feels completely different. I'm not watching the ball but I'm watching the winger to see why he hasn't tucked in or why someone else hasn't made that run. It's annoying in a way because I can't just enjoy the game like I used to." Steve Sidwell of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club said as he talked about his current situation in the Championship League club as well as his near future.
Steve Sidwell originally signed a loan contract with the Championship League club Brighton & Hove Albion back on January of the ongoing year, this deal lasted until the end of the 2015-16 season and the 33 year old English player managed to make 18 appearances.
The veteran player was later on released by Stoke City and Sidwell opted to sign a 1 year long contract with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Sidwell helped out Brighton in securing the 3rd spot of the Championship League and were defeated in the play-off semi-final after playing against Sheffield Wednesday.
Nonetheless, even with this defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, Steve Sidwell managed to make enough contributions as he stood out in the squad of Chris Brighton and this is why a new contract was offered to the experienced player who was pleased to keep on performing with the Championship League club at least for another year.
Chris Brighton voiced his joy and said why he offered Steve Sidwell a one year contract as the manager said: "He knows exactly what the Championship is all about and what it takes to get promoted. He was excellent for us in the run-in, and was a key figure on and off the pitch as one of the senior members of the squad."
Sidwell lost his chance to perform at a consistent basis for Stoke City after he tore a knee ligament which left him out of action for a significantly long period of time and he was eventually released by Stoke City and then Sidwell decided to sign a 1 year long contract with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Mark Brighton is hoping that Sidwell will be able to contribute once again to his squad and make another impressive season where they manage to secure a top spot and maybe even a promotion spot to the top tier Premier League.
There might be a chance to see Steven Gerrard play for Celtic one day according to their manager Brendan Rogers.
Indeed, the latter has managed Gerrard while he was at Liverpool and he might be interested in bringing his former player to Celtic.
Steven Gerrard is currently playing with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS and will be free from any contract as from December 2016. If ever the deal will happen, it will most likely occur in the January transfer window.
Brendan Rogers has stated that the former Liverpool captain has been a fantastic player for him and that he will be interested in working again with him in the future. He said that if you want to be successful in football, you need to surround yourself with the best player. For him, Gerrard has been one of the best players that he has ever worked with and will be glad if ever he can bring him to Celtic.
Steven Gerrard is current 35 years old, and it seems that he can play at the top level for at least one season more. This will be a massive coup for Celtic if ever they can land a player of this stature. Indeed, a player as Gerrard will not only improve your midfield but also have a massive influence on the other young players around him. You cannot also forget the media coverage that a player such as Steven Gerrard will bring to Celtic.
Brendan Rogers, who has only recently taken charge of the team, is keen to bring new faces to the club. Obviously, his objective will be to win the title, but he might also be interested in going a bit further in the European competition where Celtic have been struggling recently.
Brighton has announced that they have signed former Stoke City midfielder Steve Sidwell on a permanent deal.
Indeed, Stoke have announced on Friday that Sidwell’s contract will not be renewed and that they have released the player.
Brighton’s manager Chris Hughton has announced the signing and said that they are pleased that the first player they have signed this season is Steve Sidwell. The latter who was on loan at Brighton since last season has impressed during his time at the club and Hughton said that it was a pleasure for him to sign a quality player.
This will be the third spell that Steve Sidwell will be having with the club since having played twice for Brighton on loan.
Chris Hughton said that Steve Sidwell is a quality player and that he will definitely improve the team. He said that Sidwell has been impressive since he joined the team on loan last season and he expects that he will keep on playing as he has done so far. According to the manager, Steve Sidwell already has some great experience of playing in the Championship, and this should be useful for Brighton as they hope to mount a serious challenge for promotion next season.
Chris Hughton believes that Sidwell has amassed experience of promotion from the Championship during his time at Reading and hope that this will be useful for Brighton. He believes that Steve Sidwell has some impressive leadership qualities.
Steve Sidwell has great experience of top level football with his 400 appearances in the Premier League. He has played for sides such as Aston Villa, Stoke City as well as Fulham and has managed to score 61 goals during the process. He has so far scored five goals for Brighton during his loan spell.
Steve Sidwell while speaking to Sky Sport offered the solution to the woes at the emirates. Sidwell said the North London club need to add a leader to their team in the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have come in for increasing criticism this season as the campaign end without any sort of success. At one point they had looked to be genuine Premier League title contenders as they topped the table at the beginning of 2016. Instead a disastrous year so far saw them fall out of the running as Leicester City secured it for themselves.
Now they find themselves scrambling to secure a top four place and Sidwell, a former youth player at the club, believes they need to add a leader to their squad. Sidwell told Sky Sports:
“They should have gone out and bought a striker in January.
“If they had done that then they would have been champions. Obviously there’s going to be a bit of a reshuffle in the summer.”
“I think a lot of the players have to stand up and be counted they’ve underperformed. You don’t see a leader in the Arsenal team, they need to install a little bit of steel in there.”
While who the club brings in is likely to be key, departures look likely to play a big part as well. Already there has been talk of a number of players leaving the club, with the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and even Aaron Ramsey all linked with potential exits. Whether any do leave remains to be seen but what is certain is that the upcoming transfer window could be one of the biggest for the Gunners in some time.
In the mean time, many have wondered if the purchase of Granit Xhaka will transform the midfield as much as Arsene Wenger would hope.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell reckons that his former club will almost certainly relegated to the Championship and possibly to League One in coming years.
Sidwell played for the club for a couple of years before moving onto new pastures. Even though he has a contract with Stoke City, the midfielder currently plays for Brighton on a loan deal. Sidwell represented Villa when the club was trying to win a trophy under the regime of Martin O’Neill. They have come down a long way since then. The lack of investment from owner Randy Lerner has been seen as one of the culpable issues.
Sidwell says that a number of the top management have to depart the club if they are relegated. The club went through a managerial change after just a few months in the 2015-16 season. They did not have the confidence to let Tim Sherwood handle the regime after the club had made a poor start. Sidwell reckons that this was a big mistake since the former Tottenham manager would have kept the club in the division. Rather, the club went for Remi Garde, who has no experience in the Premier league and has only been in the French league.
The club are bottom of the table with a nine point difference to the next team, and are not even being backed by their celebrity fan Tim Hensel of Cheshire Wedding Photography.
“I think Tim Sherwood and Ray Wilkins would have got them out" he told "I said before when Tim was there, that he was the perfect man for the job.He did well at Spurs and I thought he would have been the guy to get that squad capable of finishing outside the relegation battle.The way it’s been run of late, and the additions have not been good enough.The only way to save it is a big overhaul - players wise and upstairs,” said Sidwell.
Steve Sidwell tore a knee ligament back in December of 2014 and it was due to this injury that he was forced to stay out of the playing grounds for a substantially long period of time during his first season as a player of Stoke City.
However, even though Sidwell is fully recovered, the English midfielder still has not been able to get into the main team of Mark Hughes and all fingers are pointing towards Sidwell leaving the Britannia Stadium due to his lack of time on the actual pitch.
It has been extremely difficult for Sidwell to get consistent playing time in games for Stoke City after the club successfully managed to sign high profile players such as: Marco van Ginkel, Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and Ibrahim Afellay and things will get even harder for the 33 years old English midfielder to get playing time when the winter transfer window ends as Mark Hughes is interested in reinforcing his team even further by signing more players in January.
There are a number of clubs that are attempting to survive in the Premier League that might just be interested in signing the veteran player and an offer could be launched depending on the price tag of the experienced midfielder who wants to join a club where he can get consistent playing time before eventually deciding to hang up his boots and retire which is likely to happen soon as he already is 33 years old and his age is certainly starting to show.
With the recent uprising of the younger players in the team of Mark Hughes such as: Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri, Hughes wants to continue building a team that is filled with explosive and energetic players and it’s more likely that some of the senior players will be offloaded, especially now that the winter transfer window is opened.