The installation of Chris Hughton as manager at Birmingham City has created a game of tug of war between them and Nottingham Forest over the future of Colin Calderwood.
Calderwood was of course Hughton's assistant at Newcastle, after being our former manager, and now he is very much a man in demand. After it was revealed in the week that McClaren wanted Calderwood to be his assistant and take charge of young player development.
But now following the appointment of Hughton, He wants his former assistant who got Newcastle promoted to join him at St Andrews. All of this of course is forgetting that Hibernian, where Calderwood currently enjoys employment still want to retain their man. They did after all say no approach would be welcome.
All this hullabaloo creates somewhat of a media storm around the Scottish former defender. Maybe it plays into Hibs hand when working out compensation packages. Maybe it shows that genuinely the man is highly regarded, and those Forest fans bemoaning the potential reappointment of Calderwood at the club are wrong.
I think the likelihood would be Calderwood would follow Hughton, he knows he works well with him, and recently. Birmingham will have deeper pockets and can offer European football. However, Calderwood may feel he has work left to be done with Forest. Additionally maybe he wants to carry on with Hibs,and prove he is a good manager.
The coming few days will be very interesting.