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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Calderwood determined to fix Hibs

A defiant Colin Calderwood is determined to end Hibernian's slump and is committed to his role as manager.

Speculation has circulated in recent weeks that Calderwood was prepared to walk away from Easter Road amid a run of two wins in 14 games and none in the last nine matches.

Calderwood admitted morale was "very low'' following the Scottish Cup replay defeat at Ayr on Tuesday night which means Hibs' sole focus is now on SPL survival.

Hibs are 10th in the table, four points above bottom club Hamilton having played a game more. But Calderwood is optimistic he has the credentials required to overcome adversity and help Hibs out of their current predicament.

"It's made me really more determined,'' said Calderwood. "I enjoy the football club and I've really enjoyed the freshness and what it's brought to me as an individual in terms of new challenges. This is just another challenge. I want to get this right.

"We're a long way from being right, but it's never entered my head really.''

Chairman Rod Petrie on Wednesday announced Calderwood has the board's full backing and will be supported in the transfer market.

"It's something that's not new to me,'' added Calderwood. "I'll have enough time to put my stamp on it.''

Calderwood has no complaints that his job has come under scrutiny, even though he only replaced John Hughes as boss in October.

He added: "It comes with the territory. You've got to accept the criticism, you've got to fight your corner if you feel it's wrong and unjustified, but at the minute I've got no shield against it.

"I'll take the criticism, develop the team, make it better and make sure the players are sheltered from any fear that they might have. I'm determined to make sure they play freely in the next four or five games. I'm very positive we will develop and improve.''

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