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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.


No more blues for the Blues

Paul Thirwell (pictured above) and goalkeeping coach Tony Caig are temporary joint managers following the dismissal of Graham Kavanagh Credit: PA

Carlisle United go in to Saturday's home league match against MK Dons with renewed confidence after last night's morale boosting first win of the season.

The Blues beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 in last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

It was the first game in charge for caretaker bosses Paul Thirwell and Tony Caig.

ITV Border will be speaking to the pair tomorrow with a full interview later on Lookaround.

CUFC legend: Kavanagh's dismissal 'right and inevitable'

Following the dismissal of Graham Kavanagh from Carlisle United, speculation has begun about who will be next to manage the team.

The bookies seem to be making Barrow manager and former Carlisle player Darren Edmondson the favourite at 3-1. Captain and joint-temporary boss, Paul Thirlwell has odds of 6-1 and at 8-1 is former Blues manager, now Derby County assistant, Paul Simpson. A whole host of other names are rated at around 10-1.

Earlier Ian Payne spoke to Carlisle United legend Hugh McIlmoyle about the job and began by asking who he'd like the next manager to be:

Carlisle United snapped up Hugh McIlmoyle from Rotherham United at the end of the 1962/1963 season Credit: PA

Carlisle legend reacts to Kavanagh dismissal

The statue of former Carlisle United player Hughie McIlmoyle that stands outside Brunton Park football ground. Credit: PA

Carlisle legend Hugh McIlmoyle has said he would like to see someone with experience appointed as the next CUFC manager.

Hugh, who played for Carlisle United between 1963 to 1975, is said to be a favourite among Blues fans. A bronze statue of him was unveiled in 2005 at Brunton Park to commemorate 100 years of Carlisle United's proud history.

He says that Graham Kavanagh's dismissal wasn't a surprise:

'With one win in 21 games the manager must have been expecting it. It's not nice to see someone get the sack but it was on the cards. I would like to see someone with experience appointed, if it was up to me I'd get Paul Simpson, he did really well when he was here last. It's up to the directors, I dare say they've got a short list already.'

– Hugh McIlmoyle, former Carlisle United player

Duo stand in for Kavanagh ahead of match

Tony Caig, former Carlisle United goalkeeper and coach Credit: PA
Paul Thirlwell, Carlisle United midfielder Credit: PA

Carlisle United are continuing their search for a new manager.

Graham Kavanagh was sacked following defeat against Cambridge United at the weekend and the temporary duo of Paul Thirlwell and Tony Caig take charge ahead of tonight's match (2nd September) against Accrington in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.


Graham Kavanagh sacked

Carlisle United released the following statement on their website:

'The directors of Carlisle United Football Club held a series of discussions on Sunday which culminated in a meeting late on Sunday night with team manager Graham Kavanagh.

Regretfully, it has been decided to dispense with Graham's services after a very difficult and disappointing start to the season.

Over the course of approximately one year Graham has managed significant change within the club, including the youth management and successful achievement of Category 3 in the EPPP process, the introduction of ‘strength and fitness coaching’ and diet control, and major change of the first team squad over the summer period.

Unfortunately results on the field have not reflected that effort and hard work and from the 40 league games last season, following Greg Abbott’s departure, and through the five league games this season there has been an average of one point per game.

This resulted in relegation to League 2 in May 2014 and it was felt we were continuing to head in the same direction this season. Saturday’s result at Cambridge was a ‘tipping point’ for those concerned with the running and management of Carlisle United Football Club.

The board wish Graham Kavanagh and his family well for the future as they are certain his hard work, determination and coaching will yield reward.

The process of finding a new team manager begins today.

In the interim period club captain Paul Thirlwell and goalkeeping coach Tony Caig have agreed to take the training sessions and handle team selection matters in the coming days.'

– Official club statement

CUFC lose 5-0

Boss Graham Kavanagh said he felt bad for the fans who attended the game Credit: PA

Carlisle United suffered a thrashing away to Cambridge on Saturday.

The blues lost five nil at the Abbey Stadium, piling the pressure on boss Graham Kavanagh. He said he felt bad for the 370 who had made the long trip south.

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