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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

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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

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CUFC: talks with potential investor have ended

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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."

Blues take on league leaders

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Carlisle United will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight when they take on League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers at Brunton Park (7:45pm ko)

Manager Keith Curle says he's looking for a big reaction from his players after they slumped to a 4-1 home defeat to Blackpool on Saturday.

"Our changing room has been exposed and it is one of those - you need a reaction.

"There is no better way of looking forward to a reaction than when you are playing the top of the league and saying 'go on then this is what we are about."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

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Wake-up call for Carlisle United after Blackpool defeat

Carlisle United have had a serious wake-up call after their 4-1 defeat to Blackpool, according to Manager Keith Curle.

The Blues suffered the heavy defeat at Brunton Park in front of a 6,100 strong crowd.

United will welcome league leaders Doncaster on Tuesday.

Carlisle United sign striker on loan

George Waring also had a loan spell at Oxford. Credit: PA

Carlisle United have signed Stoke City striker George Waring on a half-season loan deal.

Waring, 22, joined Everton as a teenager and left to join Stoke City at the age of 19.

He made his professional debut against Yeovil during a loan spell with Barnsley in January 2015, and scored six goals in 19 appearances for the Tykes.

The signing comes amid ongoing speculation about the future of Carlisle United's top scorer, Charlie Wyke.

George is the type of player who we feel will thrive in the environment we've created. He's got good technical ability, as you'd expect from a player coming from a club at that level, and he definitely won't struggle with the physical aspects of the game.

He's had recent experience of being with a promotion winning team and he's ready to make a mark. His size will add something different and it will give us more options with the way we can approach games, and likewise change our approach during games, so we're pleased that he's chosen to join us.

– Keith Curle, Manager

O'Sullivan signs deal with Carlisle United after release from Blackburn

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Carlisle United have signed former-Blackburn midfielder, John O'Sullivan, on an 18-month deal.

The 23-year-old was most recently on loan to Accrington Stanley, but was made a free agent by Blackburn on his return this month.

When he first went to Accrington there was a lot of talk about him and Blackburn were turning down six figure bids for him because they had high hopes for him.

"I know he's had a few offers from a higher division but we got in there early like we like to do. Whenever you watch John he stands out, and hopefully he'll stand out for us."

– Lee Dykes, Assistant Manager, Carlisle United
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