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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.

Kavanagh remains optimistic about league

Carlisle United head to Cambridge tomorrow for their fifth game of the season, still chasing their first win, and with Graham Kavanagh admitting that his side are already stretched by a growing injury list.

Injuries were a key factor in last season's relegation from League One with the Blues going through fifty players as a string of loan signings were needed to cover for long term absences.

This year it is a case of a new squad, a new approach, but the same old problems.

Watch: Kavanagh says 'We've got to get on with it'

The United manager says there is no need to panic after a early disappointments. He says the league won't settle down into a realistic shape for a couple of months and that players and fans need to keep faith and composure.

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United lose second game in League Two

Carlisle United lost their second game of the season at the weekend.

The Blues are yet to gain a point after their defeat on Saturday 16 August against Wycombe Wanderers.

The side were down to ten men towards the end of the second half when Alex Marrow was given a second yellow card. They lost 3 - 1 to a side who have won both their games this season.

United play Cheltenham Town away tomorrow, Tuesday 19 August.

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