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'They want to make sure they do it properly'

Carlisle United's search for a new manager is unlikely to be complete before Saturday's League Two match at home to Bury.

Joint caretaker managers Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell have been in charge after the sacking of Graham Kavanagh. West Ham United assistant manager Neil MacDonald remains the bookies favourite to take over.

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.

Blues bloom under wing of Caig-Thirwell duo

The 4-4 draw between Carlisle United and AFC Wimbledon came as a pleasant surprise to Blues fans following a series of poor games and relegation into League two last season.

Things are looking up for the team following their performances following the sacking of Kavanagh.

Goal-scorer Josh Gillies tells us what he thinks has changed:

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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Blues showed 'more spirit'

Fans at Saturday's Carlisle United game have agreed that the team showed more spirit than previous games.

The Blues walked away with a 4-4 draw to AFC Wimbledon. Although Gary Dicker's send off may have disheartened some fans, it's agreed that the team are playing better:

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.

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