CUFC manager hunt taking longer than expected

Chairman Andrew Jenkins has said that the hunt for a new CUFC manager is taking longer than expected.

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McDonald rules himself out from United boss move

In a statement released by Carlisle United this afternoon, the club announced Neil McDonald has ruled out a move to join the Blues.

Neil McDonald had been linked with a move to the club Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The West Ham assistant manager has been linked with a move to the club in the past week, in a process that United's managing director has admitted is taking longer than expected.

In a post on the club's website, John Nixon said despite McDonald's withdrawal, he was still confident about the candidates on the club's shortlist, and hoped to meet with them in the next few days.

“Obviously there has been a lot of speculation in the local press about Neil McDonald, and I think it’s only fair to say that he has formally withdrawn his name from the process and we respect that decision totally. “That has made a difference to the short list because he was a strong candidate, as far as we were concerned. He’s given it a great deal of thought over the last five to ten days and he has spoken to us about the situation today.

"He has told us that he has discussed it with his family, having thought about it long and hard, and he has decided that it isn’t the right career move for him to make at this point in time.”

“I’m still confident that our short list has some extremely strong candidates and we will now go on to meet some of them for a second time. “The aim will be to get a firm answer in the next 24 to 48 hours. I’d like to think there will be an indication, at the very least, in that period of time."

– John Nixon, Managing Director of Carlisle United

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CUFC manager hunt taking longer than expected

Carlisle United's chairman, Andrew Jenkins, has said the hunt for a new manager is taking longer than expected Credit: PA

The hunt to find a new manager for Carlisle United is taking longer than expected. On the club's website, Andrew Jenkins said that he doesn't want to rush into a decision:

“We’re comfortable with that because we want to be as thorough as we possibly can be as we consider every aspect of what is an extremely important decision. We now have 75 applications, with some extremely strong candidates, and I think it’s only fair for all concerned that we look at each and every one of them in as much detail as possible.

We have to bear in mind that we have the Bury [Saturday] and Shrewsbury [Tuesday] games coming up, so we now anticipate this process, including interviews, will lap over into next week.

As I say, the quality of the applicants is very strong and we don’t feel this is a situation where we need to rush to a final conclusion. We have Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell running team affairs at the moment and we have been delighted with the way they have handled that side of things for us. They are happy to continue overseeing the first team training and match day requirements as we seek to finalise the appointment of our new first team manager.”

– Statement from the Carlisle United website

Neil McDonald is still said to be the bookies favourite for the job, along with Ronnie Moore, Willie McStay and ex-united midfielder Paul Murray.

McDonald emerges as new favourite for United hot seat

Former boss Neil McDonald could be set to make a surprise return to Brunton Park as the new manager.

McDonald, currently assistant to Sam Allardyce at Premiership side West Ham United, left Carlisle in mysterious circumstances after just one game of the 2007/8 season.

McDonald was spotted in the director's box at Saturday's incredible 4-4 draw at home to AFC Wimbledon. Bookies are making McDonald the new favourite to take over.

Other potential coaches spotted at the game were Andy Preece and Ronnie Moore.

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Thirlwell and Caig hold the fort

As the hunt for Carlisle United's next manager steps up the club's temporary management team spoke to the press this morning for the first time since taking over the reigns on Monday.

Goalkeeping coach Tony Caig and club captain Paul Thirlwell spoke about their reaction to Graham Kavanagh's dismissal and the qualities the club's new boss will need to turn things around. Ryan Dollard reports.

Caig on CUFC: 'There is no right or wrong candidate'

Tony Caig is one of the temporary managers for Carlisle United Credit: PA

Football and Carlisle United's temporary management team have spoken to the press for the first time since the sacking of Graham Kavanagh on Monday.

The side beat Accrington Stanley on Tuesday and are currently looking for a new boss. Joint first team coach Tony Caig outlined the kind of qualities the new manager will need in order to turn things around:

"There is no right or wrong candidate, I think whether it is younger or older it is somebody who can come in and have an immediate effect. A positive effect in order to get some results early and get the club back where they should be with the quality that we have."

– Tony Caig Coach, Carlisle United

Long-term CUFC manager still in question

Temporary managers are goalkeeping coach Tony Caig and midfielder Paul Thirlwell Credit: PA

The temporary managers of Carlisle United will hold a news conference this morning, three days after the sacking of the former boss, Graham Kavanagh.

The team won their Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night - their first win of the season. No announcement is expected about who will take over longterm.

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