Abbott departure: "In the end it comes down to results"

Our sports correspondent, Simon O'Rourke, gives us his thoughts on Greg Abbott's departure from Carlisle United:

"In the end it comes down to results. In the end it comes down to the league table and on both counts Greg Abbott can have no complaints about his departure from Brunton Park.

"Carlisle United's start to this season has been disastrous, and most damagingly for Abbott, if felt like a grim continuation of the bad habits and bad form that rendered last season a bit of a write off. But Abbott can also be very proud of his achievements in Cumbria.

"Two Wembley appearances. One Wembley win. A flirtation with the play-offs a couple of years ago and a gradual sense of forward momentum that only conked out about 12 months ago. And there's the sadness. The last 12 months of his reign, in hindsight, have felt like the final act of a play, the last episode of a TV drama.

"We all knew it would end this way, because it always ends this way. Only the Fergusons and Wengers of this world can beat football management at it's own game. The rest of them just do their best before the axe falls.

"The majority of Carlisle fans will be glad Abbott has gone today, because they saw their beloved team spiralling downwards. But in time, Cumbrian Football folk should also remember the good times. Greg Abbott won them a trophy at Wembley.

"Greg Abbott stuck doggedly to his task for nearly five years. He cared passionately about the club and it's customers. Remember that, because this is a long relationship that's come to an end. It hurts now, but time will offer some perspective and hopefully both parties will be better off apart.

– Simon O'Rourke, Sports Correspondent, ITV News Border

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Carlisle United 'part' with manager

Carlisle United have confirmed that they have 'parted company' with manager Greg Abbott.