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There has been mixed reactions from Carlisle United fans after the club announced it had 'parted company' with manager Greg Abbott:
Our sports correspondent, Simon O'Rourke, gives us his thoughts on Greg Abbott's departure from Carlisle United:
Carlisle United have confirmed that they have 'parted company' with manager Greg Abbott.
Below is the full club statement:
Carlisle United Football Club can confirm that they have today parted company with manager Greg Abbott.
The board of directors convened following the home defeat against Port Vale on Saturday evening where the detrimental effect of the recent poor run of results on the business was discussed.
The chairman and managing director then met with Greg Abbott and it was felt that the best thing for the club, and the manager, was for the parties to go their separate ways.
The board would like to go on record with their acknowledgement and appreciation of the hard work Greg Abbott has done for Carlisle United since he joined the club as first team and reserve team coach in July 2006.
He has maintained a very professional and close working relationship with everyone at the club and he has put his heart and soul into his stated aim of bringing improvement to every level and area of the business.
The trips to Wembley and the year-on-year improvement in league position, prior to last season, were testament to his efforts and dedication to the job at hand.
This has been a very difficult period and he has worked hard to find the players he felt would help to turn things round through what has been an unbelievable run of injuries.
Unfortunately the continued dip in attendances, in direct relation to results here at Brunton Park, left all parties with no other option than to reach this conclusion.
Greg Abbott leaves Brunton Park with our utmost respect and admiration and we wish him every success for his future in the industry.
Assistant manager Graham Kavanagh and youth team coach David Irons will oversee all first team matters until such time as a permanent appointment has been made.
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