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Former Carlisle United manager diagnosed with prostate cancer

Greg Abbott. Credit: PA

One of Carlisle United's longest serving managers is to undergo surgery, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Greg Abbott, 54, managed the Cumbrians between 2008 and 2013, and won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with the club in 2011.

In a statement released through Bradford City, where he is currently Head of Recruitment, he said he would "reluctantly" be taking some time away from the club.

Having known about my condition for the past 5 to 6 weeks I have prepared a list of players for the manager and chairman in every position ahead of next season. I take my role very seriously and am passionate about developing Bradford City on and off the field.

It's my club. It may have been a tough season but recruitment is an ongoing process and actually it never stops, neither do I.

Reluctantly I'll be taking some time away from the club but I'll be back. Rest assured I have planned everything in my absence from pre season friendly fixtures, games for scouts to watch, players to observe and chase so we'll be well placed come the end of the season.

– Greg Abbott

Bradford City's Chairman, Edin Rahic, says the club "will support Greg and his family in every way possible", and will welcome him back when he is fit to return.