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Curle appointed new Blues boss

Keith Curle appointed CUFC first team manager Credit: Carlisle United

Carlisle United have appointed Keith Curle as first team manager until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Curle, 50, made over 700 appearances in a senior career which spanned over 24-years for the likes of Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolves and Sheffield United.

He started his managerial career as player-manager with tomorrow's opponents Mansfield Town and has also held the reins at Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

Former Sunderland, Watford and Rangers forward Colin West, who worked with Curle at Notts County, has been appointed as assistant manager.

United currently sit bottom of the entire football league without a league win all season.


CUFC: Defender in on loan from Bolton Wanderers

Carlisle United have signed Bolton Wanderers defender Hayden White on emergency loan until 18th October.

Bolton Wanderers defender Hayden White joins CUFC on emergency loan Credit: Carlisle United

White, 19, came through the youth ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and signed for Bolton in July 2013 having turned down a contract at Hillsborough. He made his professional debut in January 2014 and has a total of five appearances under his belt, including three at the start of this campaign.

“Hayden is a right back who can play in a couple of positions along the back line. He’s a big, strong lad who is very mobile and who is a good one against one defender. He’s the kind of player who will add value to what we’re trying to do.”

– Paul Thirwell

McDonald rules himself out from United boss move

In a statement released by Carlisle United this afternoon, the club announced Neil McDonald has ruled out a move to join the Blues.

Neil McDonald had been linked with a move to the club Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The West Ham assistant manager has been linked with a move to the club in the past week, in a process that United's managing director has admitted is taking longer than expected.

In a post on the club's website, John Nixon said despite McDonald's withdrawal, he was still confident about the candidates on the club's shortlist, and hoped to meet with them in the next few days.

“Obviously there has been a lot of speculation in the local press about Neil McDonald, and I think it’s only fair to say that he has formally withdrawn his name from the process and we respect that decision totally. “That has made a difference to the short list because he was a strong candidate, as far as we were concerned. He’s given it a great deal of thought over the last five to ten days and he has spoken to us about the situation today.

"He has told us that he has discussed it with his family, having thought about it long and hard, and he has decided that it isn’t the right career move for him to make at this point in time.”

“I’m still confident that our short list has some extremely strong candidates and we will now go on to meet some of them for a second time. “The aim will be to get a firm answer in the next 24 to 48 hours. I’d like to think there will be an indication, at the very least, in that period of time."

– John Nixon, Managing Director of Carlisle United


'They want to make sure they do it properly'

Carlisle United's search for a new manager is unlikely to be complete before Saturday's League Two match at home to Bury.

Joint caretaker managers Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell have been in charge after the sacking of Graham Kavanagh. West Ham United assistant manager Neil MacDonald remains the bookies favourite to take over.

CUFC manager hunt taking longer than expected

Carlisle United's chairman, Andrew Jenkins, has said the hunt for a new manager is taking longer than expected Credit: PA

The hunt to find a new manager for Carlisle United is taking longer than expected. On the club's website, Andrew Jenkins said that he doesn't want to rush into a decision:

“We’re comfortable with that because we want to be as thorough as we possibly can be as we consider every aspect of what is an extremely important decision. We now have 75 applications, with some extremely strong candidates, and I think it’s only fair for all concerned that we look at each and every one of them in as much detail as possible.

We have to bear in mind that we have the Bury [Saturday] and Shrewsbury [Tuesday] games coming up, so we now anticipate this process, including interviews, will lap over into next week.

As I say, the quality of the applicants is very strong and we don’t feel this is a situation where we need to rush to a final conclusion. We have Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell running team affairs at the moment and we have been delighted with the way they have handled that side of things for us. They are happy to continue overseeing the first team training and match day requirements as we seek to finalise the appointment of our new first team manager.”

– Statement from the Carlisle United website

Neil McDonald is still said to be the bookies favourite for the job, along with Ronnie Moore, Willie McStay and ex-united midfielder Paul Murray.

Blues bloom under wing of Caig-Thirwell duo

The 4-4 draw between Carlisle United and AFC Wimbledon came as a pleasant surprise to Blues fans following a series of poor games and relegation into League two last season.

Things are looking up for the team following their performances following the sacking of Kavanagh.

Goal-scorer Josh Gillies tells us what he thinks has changed:

McDonald emerges as new favourite for United hot seat

Former boss Neil McDonald could be set to make a surprise return to Brunton Park as the new manager.

McDonald, currently assistant to Sam Allardyce at Premiership side West Ham United, left Carlisle in mysterious circumstances after just one game of the 2007/8 season.

McDonald was spotted in the director's box at Saturday's incredible 4-4 draw at home to AFC Wimbledon. Bookies are making McDonald the new favourite to take over.

Other potential coaches spotted at the game were Andy Preece and Ronnie Moore.

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