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Carlisle Utd's Brad Potts signs for Blackpool

Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts has joined Blackpool Credit: PA

Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts is swapping Brunton Park for Bloomfield Road after agreeing a two-year deal with Blackpool.

The 20-year-old, who came up through Carlisle's youth ranks, scored 10 goals in 118 appearances for the Blues.

He was offered a new contract with United at the end of last season but opted to join the Tangerines following talks with his new club this week.

"Brad is a good, young player who now moves on to a new challenge.

"He knows League One football and he's going to a club where he will need to establish himself and push on.

"He's been an excellent player for this club for a number of years and we all wish him the very best as he now goes to join Blackpool."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Carlisle United announce pre-season fixtures

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Carlisle United have announced their pre-season fixtures which include local opposition in the form of Workington and Penrith ahead of a home clash with Championship newcomers Preston North End.

The Blues are playing six matches in the summer as they build up for the 2015/16 League Two campaign.

  • Blyth Spartans, Away, Tuesday 7 July. Kick-off 7:30pm
  • Workington, Away, Thursday 9 July. Kick-off 7:45pm
  • Penrith, Away, Saturday 11 July, Kick-off 3pm
  • Bradford City, Away, Saturday 25 July, Kick-off 3pm
  • Preston North End, Home, Tuesday 28 July, Kick-off 7:15pm
  • Oldham Athletic, Home, Saturday 1 August, Kick-off 3pm.

"Pre-season has been structured in such a way as to make sure the players are ready to go for the first game of the season.

"The early pre-season fixtures are an opportunity for everyone to get pitch time and develop match fitness, and we then go up against teams which have had success in the cup competitions and with promotion campaigns to round things off.

"Playing against teams from higher divisions will give us an opportunity to test ourselves and fine tune the work we need to do before our first game.

"The Capital One Cup draw and the fixture list are both released in the middle of next week, and things are starting to focus in as we build up to what we think will be an enjoyable campaign."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager


United legend Caig leaves Brunton Park

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Carlisle United have confirmed that keeper coach Tony Caig will be leaving the club to take up a coaching position with Hartlepool United.

The 41-year-old started his football career with the Blues as a youngster and went on to make almost 300 appearances with the side, including two at Wembley.

He played with Blackpool, Charlton, Hibs, Newcastle United and Gretna during his career.

In 2009/10, he returned to Brunton Park to assist with coaching the keepers whilst still a player with Workington.

He made the move permanent at the end of that year.

He leaves the Blues with the very best wishes of everyone, according to a statement released by the Club.

John Nixon to stand down as CUFC's Managing Director

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Carlisle United's Managing Director John Nixon says he will stand down once the Club's new ownership has been confirmed, claiming the Blues need "fresh blood".

The move was reportedly agreed during negotiations with potential new owner Andrew Lapping.

But, according to a statement posted on the Club's website, his resignation will take place if the CUFC strikes a deal with the other investment group being considered alongside Mr Lapping.

We need fresh blood and fresh ideas and I am fully committed to stepping aside. It is something I talked about a year go. Whoever comes into the club will need to appoint their own new MD - their own person - and that is only right.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time at the Club. There have been some great times. The last three years have been difficult but I am a Carlisle United supporter at heart and I have done what I could for my club and by carrying out what the board wanted to do."

– John Nixon, Managing Director of Carlisle United Football Club

Mr Nixon has stated that he hopes to remain a shareholder and director of CUFC Holdings, which owns more than 90% of the Club.

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A group of local businesses led by Andrew Lapping were on the verge of agreeing a major investment into Carlisle United... until the club revealed it's in talks with a second potential investor.

They've now put talks with Mr Lapping's group on hold.

The life-long fan says he's "shell shocked" by the news, and that the "timing is appalling" with the transfer window looming, and a need for the club to rebuild over the summer.

He says if the new investor doesn't agree to put money into the club, there's no guarantee he and his group will still be willing to invest.


'Billionaire' behind latest Carlisle United investment bid

One of the businessmen backing Andrew Lapping's bid to invest in Carlisle United, has claimed a "billionaire" is behind a surprise second investment offer.

Andy Bell, a Vice President and Sponsor for the club, said:

We have to look into this new investor as he/she is a billionaire and is willing to inject millions into the club and work alongside any current local investors such as myself, this may have come at a bad time but has to be looked into and checked out. We all want what is best for the club."

– Andy Bell

Businessman's Carlisle Utd investment bid on hold

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Carlisle United have revealed that talks with potential investor Andrew Lapping are now on hold after the club announced a prospective new investment offer from a second party.

In a statement released yesterday evening the club said it had held lengthy discussions with legal and financial advisers and has subsequently decided that current discussions about the club's shareholding should be temporarily put on hold until this new offer is fully assessed.

The Blues say the proposed investment is structured over a three to five year period as opposed to a one-off injection of funding.

However businessman Andrew Lapping, who has been working with the club for several months on his plan, said he was "shell-shocked" and hadn't seen this potential second investment coming.

"It is our duty as directors to get the best possible deal for the long-term future of the club. Therefore, it is essential that we take time to consider this latest development."

– Carlisle United Chairman Andrew Jenkins

Meanwhile United Supporters' Trust said in a statement that they remain committed to Mr Lapping's plan and had been surprised by the announcement of the alternative bid

"The United Trust, following the statement re new investment from CUFC, would like to clarify that the approval to dilute its shareholding was voted for by the membership on the basis of the Andrew Lapping plan and no other. We still remain committed to this plan and the bright future it promises.

"These new proposals will need to be examined with all the care and diligence that Andrew Lapping’s proposals were and if it was felt the proposals had merit the approval of the membership would be sought again."

– United Trust

Hammell signs senior contract with Blues

Teenage midfielder Connor Hammell has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract with Carlisle United.

The 18-year-old came through the club’s academy system and made three appearances last season. His debut came in the 2-1 home win over Northampton in December and he played the entire second half in the final game of the season against Hartlepool.

“Connor has good ability and you can see him having a long career.

“He has a lot of strengths going forward with the ball and that has given him a firm platform to build from. We’ve spoken to him and he knows he now needs to learn the other side of the game very quickly. He has to earn the right to showcase his ability.

“We’re looking forward to working with him because he’s earned his contract. I think he understands the hard work starts here and it’s now over to him to make the most of the opportunity he’s been given.”

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Chairman speaks out over CUFC director's departure

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Carlisle United's chairman, Andrew Jenkins, has spoken out after the resignation of club director Steven Pattison.

"I would like to say thank you to Steven Pattison who has recently been asked to resign from the Holding Company Board by people who don’t really know him.

"Steven is a football person and first and for most a Carlisle supporter and season ticket holder of CUFC.

"Steven has carried out thousands of pounds in repairs around the ground over the years and is someone we depend on, after our annual inspection, to keep us safe at Brunton Park.

"He played football and he and his company have sponsored the Carlisle Youth League for many years.

"A few years ago Steven wrote off over £50,000 from the club accounts, for which we were very grateful.

"Thank you for everything Steven, I know you will still carry out work around the ground, free of charge, and that it will not be the last we will see of you."

– Andrew Jenkins, CUFC, Chairman
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