Villa assistant manager Calderwood is ready for the Blues

dSteve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa looks on with Colin Calderwood during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in...

Aston Villa's assistant manager Colin Calderwood is confident heading into the derby this weekend.

dSteve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa looks on with Colin Calderwood during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in...

As reported by Express & Star, Aston Villa’s assistant manager Colin Calderwood is ready for the challenge of facing rivals Birmingham City this weekend.

Calderwood, who has been with the club since late 2016, has been taking on first-team duties over the last few weeks due to manager Steve Bruce dealing with some personal issues.

The 53-year-old seems to be relishing the task of not only leading the club for a short period of time but also the task of tackling bitter rivals Birmingham on Sunday. Calderwood has actually had an association with Villa that dates back long before his coaching days, as he played for the club between 1999 and 2000.

Che Adams of Birmingham City is tackled by Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on April 23, 2017 in...

With just a few days remaining until one of the biggest games in English football this weekend, Calderwood had the following to say:

"It will be competitive like the last time. A goal will change the game. We have to strive to create better chances and opportunities.

"We can lift our fans to another level and take a big step forward.

"It gets more and more exciting as we approach the kick-off. We have to be able to score goals and create chances. We are looking forward to the stadium being full again and there will be a great atmosphere.”

Aston Villa assistant manager Colin Calderwood during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Many neutrals have correctly noted that the last few Second City derbies have not exactly lived up to the hype in terms of the on-pitch product. Of course, that is not going to be too much of a concern if you are a fan of either club, but you have to question whether or not this fixture continually deserves to be showcased on live television.

Thankfully the situation seems to be a little bit different this time, with the dynamic between Villa and the Blues being more unusual than ever. On one hand you have got Villa surging towards the top two with ex-Birmingham manager Bruce at the helm. Meanwhile on the other side you have got Steve Cotterill attempting to guide Birmingham away from yet another relegation battle.

The odds are not in the visitors’ favour, but you never know what could happen when it comes to a club like Villa and, with it being derby day, we would advise that you do not take your eyes off this one until the final whistle blows.

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