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Carlisle United appoint new manager – gets a mixed reaction from fans

Carlisle United have today confirmed the appointment of Steven Pressley as their new first team manager until the end of season with an option for the club to extend.

Pressley was most recently in charge of Pafos FC from Cyprus, but only lasted less than ten months as he was sacked in October.

His side currently sit second bottom of the league after failing to win any of their opening four games.

The former Rangers, Celtic, Dundee United, Falkirk and Scotland player has managed Falkirk (43.75 win % from 144 games), Coventry City (32.00 win % from 100 games) and Fleetwood Town (27.50 win % from 40).

Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “We’re really pleased to have Steven on board. He impressed us immensely during the interview process and his enthusiasm to take what is a very attractive job on really shone through.

“He’s taken time to watch us, and he spoke a lot about the fact that he’s seen us play the type of football he likes to see. He’s identified that there are good players here in the squad and he feels he can continue the fantastic work that has already been done this season.

“As a player, he played for his country and was a team captain with a number of clubs before going on to do his managerial apprenticeship in some very tough and demanding situations. That level of experience is something we feel can only help.

“The challenge of keeping the momentum going and maintaining our push for a successful end to the season is one he is looking forward to.

“It’s unusual for a manager to come into a club in this situation, but he’s looking forward to working with the staff who are already here on keeping the intensity levels high, and on achieving continued positive results.”

“We’re pleased to have concluded this process within a relatively quick timeframe,” he added. “With two weeks left of the transfer window it’s important that we get the squad back to a level where we know we will be competing every week.

“Steven has built up a lot of contacts both north and south of the border through what has been a very successful career, and I’m sure he will be focused on getting that side of things sorted so that all of the concentration can then be on the 18 games we have left to play.”

Football fans have given quite a mixed reaction to the appointment, unlucky the word being used a fair amount of times – take a look at what more they had to say on the next page.


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