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Keith Curle sit down interview

The new football season is upon us and Carlisle United get their campaign underway away against Mansfield Town tomorrow.

After last season's desperate battle with relegation Keith Curle has had a root and branch overhaul of his squad as he looks to make sure there is a major turn around this time around.

After United's final pre-season training session he sat down with our reporter Neil Billingham to explain how he feels preparations have gone and what supporters can expect.

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Carlisle Utd and Andrew Lapping end takeover talks

Andrew Lapping Credit: ITV Border

A businessman has abandoned plans to invest in Carlisle United after the club terminated talks over his proposed takeover.

Andrew Lapping was heading a consortium planning to put nearly £1.3million into the club but today Chairman Andrew Jenkins said talks had ended as Mr Lapping's proposals 'didn't stand up to scrutiny.'

In response Mr Lapping said he'd been left with no option but to step away from the takeover and that he 'didn't need the grief anymore.'

“For the last 12 months of my life I’ve worked diligently to put a plan in place which would provide initial financial investment for Carlisle United and a long-term structure and strategy to ensure the club was well-placed to pursue future success.

“My intention was simply to help the club in the short-term and ensure there was a longer-term plan in place. Then I would step back and let the club move forward. I had no intention of ‘taking-over’ Carlisle United. I put forward a plan from which a lot has been adopted by the board. It’s clear they don’t want me involved. I don’t have a problem with that – but I do have a problem in having my integrity and motives questioned."

– Andrew Lapping

WATCH: Carlisle Utd players visit wheelchair football club

Carlisle United players visited another football club this week.

Two of the first team squad dropped in on a training session of the Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club to meet the players and learn a bit about Wheelchair football for themselves.

Wheelchair football is a growing sport offering people with disabilities the chance to enjoy competitive games and meet in a different social setting. Ryan Dollard reports.

Watch ITV Border turn the tables on Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger and ask him to interview teammate Steven Rigg.

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