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Former QoS manager joins Carlisle United

Gavin Skelton has joined the coaching team at Carlisle United.

The former Queen of the South manager is now the Blues Professional Development Phase Coach.

He came through the Carlisle United Centre of Excellence system as an 8-year-old and played both sides of the border with over 200 appearances for Gretna in a seven-year stay.

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I'm really pleased to get the opportunity and pleased to be at this club and getting started on a new challenge. One thing you want to do as a coach is develop young players and that’s where I really believe my skill set is.

“It’s also a good opportunity to develop myself as a coach as I get to work with some really talented youngsters. Hopefully I’ll be giving them every opportunity to make a career in the game, because that’s what this role is all about.”

– Gavin Skelton, Carlisle United Professional Development Phase Coach.

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Carlisle United's Wembley dream is over

Exeter City's Ollie Watkins (right) and Carlisle United's James Bailey battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League Two play-off second leg at St James Park, Exeter. Credit: PA

Carlisle United lost their League Two play off second leg away to Exeter 3-2. It means their hopes of a visit to Wembley stadium, and promotion, this season are over.

Jack Stacey's 95th-minute winner saw the Grecians beat the Blues - with an extraordinary 6-5 win on aggregate.

Carlisle United's Luke Joyce stands dejected during the Sky Bet League Two play-off second leg at St James Park, Exeter. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United prepare for second leg of play-off tie with Exeter

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Carlisle United fans are preparing for the second leg of their play-off tie with Exeter on Thursday.

The Blues fought back from 3-1 down, to make it 3 all at yesterday's match.

The game was played in front of the club's biggest home crowd of the season - nearly 10,000 fans.

Many supporters feel the comeback bodes well for a trip to Wembley to end the season.

The fact that we came back to three all...so much strength, so much character. I actually think we are going to win the next leg I really do. 100% we'll do it at Exeter it is worth it."

– Carlisle United fan
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