Former Scotland defender and Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell has been appointed Manchester City loans coach.

The ex-Thistle boss had joined Newcastle United on an interim basis as their U23s manager last month but left upon his contract expiry. He now takes up the role at English Premier League champions Manchester City, where he will aid the development of young players out on loan from the Etihad club.

The 39-year-old has been given the role at the English Premier League champions after a short stint at league rival Newcastle United (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

This could included Ross County’s Manchester City loanee Alexander Robertson and Scotland U21s international Lewis Fiorini, who is on loan at Lincoln City from the Citizens. Caldwell has been manager at Chesterfield and Partick Thistle.

He said of his short time at Newcastle: “Enjoyed immensely being back on the grass coaching at the club that gave me my start in football. Thank you to all the players and staff for making me feel so welcome.”

The 39-year-old was appointed Thistle manager in October 2018 and was replaced by Ian McCall the following September after a poor run of results. Partick Thistle avoided relegation under his guidance in 2019 but were sat second-bottom in the Scottish Championship by the time he was dismissed. Thistle face Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon.

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