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Stranraer FC gets new manager

Stephen Farrell started his managerial duties today Credit: ITV Border

Stephen Farrell has been appointed as Stranraer Football Club's new manager.

He began his career as a manager at Cumnock Juniors in 2009, taking over from former Stranraer boss Campbell Money.

Farrell then went on to become assistant manager at Stair Park between December 2012 and May 2015 and played for the club during the 1994/95 season.

For the past year and a half, Farrell has been assisting Stevie Aitken at Dumbarton.

Farrell will be in the Dumbarton dugout for the visit of Queen of the South, before officially starting on Monday with Stranraer FC and` meeting the players on Tuesday evening at training.

United terminate Kevin Wright's contract early

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Defender Kevin Wright has left Carlisle United, after having his contract terminated early.

The 21-year-old left the club by mutual consent, after making a total of three first team appearances.

We’ve terminated his contract early to give him as much chance as possible within the transfer window to get himself sorted.

“He’s another who wasn’t getting the game time he needed and he’s at an age and a stage of his career where that needs to be the case."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

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Blues defender David Atkinson leaves the club

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Defender David Atkinson has left Carlisle United by mutual consent.

The 23-year-old former Boro academy player joined United on an emergency loan deal in March 2015.

He made a total of 37 appearances for the Blues in his near two-year stay, which included two from the bench this season.

He joined Northern Premier Division outfit Blyth Spartans on-loan in December 2016, which was extended at the start of this month.

David is a great lad but, with the additions we’ve made to the squad, he hasn’t been able to get the game time he wants and needs with us this season.

“He knows we’re going through a progressive stage as a football club and he wants to give himself the best opportunity to kick his own career on. He’s a good lad and a really hard worker and he’s desperate to be involved."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Stranraer FC Manager leaves club

Brian Reid has left the club. Credit: ITV Border

Stranraer FC and manager Brian Reid parted company last night, 48 hours after the club plunged to the bottom of Division 1.

The club issued a statement late last night:

After a meeting and discussion this evening, Stranraer FC can announce that manager Brian Reid has left the club by mutual consent.

The club would like to thank Brian for all his endeavours over the past 20 months and wish him well for the future.

Brian expressed his gratitude to the club for the opportunity to take the manager's job and was disappointed that the team weren't able to build on last seasons run to the play-off final and wished Stranraer FC every success in the future."

– Club statement

In their last game on Saturday, Stranraer lost 1-0 to Stenhousemuir who leapfrogged them and the Blues are now at the bottom of the league.

The 46-year-old previously worked for Coventry City as a coach and before that he was manager at Conference side, Nuneaton Town which followed a spell in the Phillipines as Coach/Manager of Global FC and also the under 23 International side.

Reid also had a successful five years as manager of Ayr United where he took them to promotion twice and also to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup and the Semi Final of the League Cup in 2012.

During his playing career Reid was with numerous clubs including 66 appearances for Queen of the South, more than 100 in two spells with Morton and 42 with Blackpool.

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Derek Asamoah leaves Carlisle United

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Derek Asamoah has left Carlisle United, following the end of his short-term deal.

The 35-year-old centre forward initially joined the Cumbrians on a six-month deal in October 2014 and has been with the club ever since.

He scored 13 goals in his 90 appearances for the Blues.

Blues manager Keith Curle said Asamoah worked hard to earn his deals:

“Derek is an excellent professional and he’s been a pleasure to work with,” He came to the club at a time when we needed help and he was part of the reason why fortunes started to change for us.

“He’s at an age where he needs to be playing football and, with the players we have here now, I couldn’t guarantee him the pitch time he wanted. Hopefully he will go on to find that because he still has a lot to offer.

“He leaves here with our very best wishes.”

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager
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