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WATCH: Captain confident of Carlisle play-off spot

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger says he's confident the Blues can move back into the League Two promotion play-off places.

United travel to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Earlier in the season the Blues had looked a certainty to claim a play-off place, but a dip in form means they're currently in eighth.

I think when you look through the league we've lost key players at key times, but when you look now we've got more or less a full squad back.

I'm more than confident the boys can get us across the line.

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United

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'There's a nervousness about the players'- Keith Curle

Keith Curle was deflated in the post-match press conference Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says there's a nervousness in his squad as the team are on the brink of dropping out of the play-off zone.

The Blue were beaten 2-1 by Notts County at Brunton Park on Saturday.

The hosts led for the majority of the match but two late goals by the visitors meant it was another defeat for United.

WATCH: Keith Curle's awkward encounter

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle surprised journalists at a press conference today, when asked for his memories of Mansfield Town.

Curle managed the club between 2002 and 2004, before he was sacked after allegations of bullying.

He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and he told journalists about an awkward encounter yesterday (15 March) with his former chairman.

Strangely enough I was in a cafe yesterday in Sheffield and I bumped into the ex-chairman who sacked me for gross misconduct, bullying and intimidating.

I didn't offer to buy him a cup of tea.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

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Carlisle United manager admits there will be added edge to Luton game

Carlisle United fans are planning a protest ahead of a key game tonight.

The Blues are aiming to end a string of crushing defeats when they host play-off rivals Luton at Brunton Park tonight.

The injury-hit side have suffered four straight defeats without scoring.

The poor run of form has added to frustrations among United fans about how the club is being run.

It has led to one group planning a protest outside the Main Stand from 7pm tonight to voice their anger about the club, but stress their protests are not directed against manager Keith Curle or his players.

One of those taking part is United fan Niall Scott told ITV Border: "It's important the board know how angry the fans feel.

"There is a lack of ambition at the club and we've had to suffer years of failure."

"I am always optimistic before a game and we will still be cheering the team on. This is not about the players or Keith Curle - just against the board," he added.

There will be added spice on the pitch too following an acrimonious 1-1 draw at Luton.

Curle says his players need to 'knuckle down' for tonight's match

Credit: PA

Carlisle United play Cheltenham tonight still smarting after their three nil loss to Portsmouth at the weekend.

Keith Curle says his players need to knuckle down and fight back with a good result this evening.

We caused a very good team some big problems so, there are elements that we can still work on, we need to work on, we are still a work in progress, there is more to come from this group. We need a reaction and I have not got a problem with that."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United

CUFC: talks with potential investor have ended

Brunton Park. Credit: ITV News

Widespread speculation that Carlisle United could benefit from a mystery billionaire investor ended on Monday evening when the club issued a formal statement confirming they have decided to end long standing talks with a 'Potential Overseas Investor (POI).

It said:

"The discussions started 20 months ago and were somewhat intermittent for the most part. Since June last year talks have progressed to a series of face-to-face meetings and, just over three months ago, an investment proposal was submitted following a visit to Brunton Park by the POI.

This was considered closely and carefully. It was followed up by a written offer to invest in the Club, which included a funding proposal.

Although there has been some movement, it was felt by the shareholders that these proposals did not present a way forward they could support and, just as crucially, the proposals were unlikely to gain the support of CUOSC members, or the Club’s fans more generally.

The Club understands that the prolonged period of time these discussions have taken has not been what anyone would have wanted. Throughout, the shareholders have sought to allow sufficient time and every opportunity for credible proposals to come forward, to be properly and diligently reviewed and for a deal to be done, if possible. This process has now run its course and we have drawn a line, and we are now looking forward.

The desire to see new investment and a succession of ownership to take the Club forward remains unchanged."

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