Brian Caldwell: I’ve had five offers to leave Shrewsbury Town
Brian Caldwell has revealed he was asked to apply for the chief executive position with the Scottish FA earlier this year.
The Town chief was reported to be one of the leading candidates to replace Stewart Regan after he stepped down back in February.
Caldwell joined Shrewsbury from St Mirren in 2016.
But he was sounded out for a return north of the border when the recruitment agency working on behalf of the SFA asked him to apply for their chief executive role.
Caldwell turned the approach down, with the Scotsman happy in Shropshire.
“The agency who were looking after it tried to persuade me to put my name forward,” he said.
“It was flattering people would consider me for that role but at the end of the day I am happy here.
“I did consider it for a few days, I spoke to the chairman here. But I wanted to stay.”
He also revealed he’s received four other approaches to leave Shrewsbury since joining the club in 2016.
The Scotsman has received widespread praise for the job he has done at Montgomery Waters Meadow following Matt Williams’ decision to leave Shropshire for Premier League Burnley.
Caldwell’s work – which includes overseeing the project which saw Town become the first team in England and Wales to install safe standing – has led to admiring glances from elsewhere.
But while Caldwell is flattered to be linked to such high-profile jobs – he remains happy in Shropshire, largely due to the excellent working relationship he has with Town chairman Roland Wycherley.
“Shropshire is a beautiful place to live and I’m really enjoying myself here,” he said.
“I think it’s two years and four months I have been here now, I have been asked about other places – I think I’ve had five approaches now.
“But I get on really, really well with the chairman. I can’t praise him highly enough.
“I have got a good relationship with him and he is great at letting me get on.
“He trusted me quite early, he knew I was capable of running the club and he has let me do that and supported me in every way possible.
“I am enjoying it here and I’m happy here. The club is doing well and I think everyone can see we have started something.”
A proud Scotsman, Caldwell admits he was tempted by the lucrative job that was on offer with the Scottish FA.
But he said it only took him a few days to decide he wanted to remain at Shrewsbury.
“I went on holiday in February – I grabbed a week when the transfer window shut,” Caldwell continued.
“And then it broke that the Scottish FA chief executive (Stewart Regan), was leaving.
“There were reports in Scotland linking me with the job and it was nice to even be thought about for a job of that magnitude.
“It would have been a massive move for me personally in financial terms.
“But every time I have had an approach, including that one, I have spoken to the chairman. I have always said I’ll be honest with him and he is always honest with me. That is why we have got such a good working relationship.
“I explained what my thoughts were at the time – that I was happy and I didn’t think it was something I wanted to do.
“But I said to him it’s one of the biggest jobs in Scottish football and it would be remiss of me not to take the time to consider it and see if it was something I wanted to progress.
“The agency that was looking after it tried to persuade me to put my name forward.
“I did take a few days to think about it, but in the end, I decided I didn’t want to.
“It doesn’t mean I’m not ambitious. It just means I’m enjoying what I have started here.
“I have a good relationship with the fans, the chairman and the club staff. We all work together really well, it’s very positive.”