In an interview with the News and Star, sacked Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott said he has left the club with fond memories:
“This is a special club, because it’s my first club as a manager, and there are some special people here.
“I am absolutely grateful for the opportunity to become a manager and learn another side of this industry.
“At times it’s been tough, at others it’s been fantastic.
Abbott, who was the third-longest serving manager in the country, said he will still be supporting the club and hopes to return to football management shortly:
“The dressing room is absolutely flat, because they feel for me and I feel for them. At no point in this relationship have either of us turned our back on each other."
"I think I’m good at what I do. If you look at my record it’s a very, very good one.
“I want to be in the game, I want to be working this Saturday. There’s every chance I won’t be, but I’ll be glued to the TV, and the loudest cheer if Carlisle beat Sheffield United won’t come from the Paddock, it will come from Greg Abbott.”
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