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Carlisle United welcomes new manager

Stephen Pressley takes on role as manager of CUFC. Credit: Carlisle United Football Club

Big news for football this morning as Carlisle United Football Club announces their new manager.

Former-Scotland defender Steven Pressley will take on the role.

He is on a half-season deal with an option for the blues to extend the contract at the end of the current campaign.

Our reporter Ryan Dollard went to meet him today.

We're really pleased to have Steven on board. He impressed us immensely during the interview process and his enthusiasm to take what is a very attractive job on really shone through.

"He's taken time to watch us, and he spoke a lot about the fact that he's seen us play the type of football he likes to see. He's identified that there are good players here in the squad and he feels he can continue the fantastic work that has already been done this season.

"The challenge of keeping the momentum going and maintaining our push for a successful end to the season is one he is looking forward to.

"It's unusual for a manager to come into a club in this situation, but he's looking forward to working with the staff who are already here on keeping the intensity levels high, and on achieving continued positive results."

"Steven has built up a lot of contacts both north and south of the border through what has been a very successful career, and I'm sure he will be focused on getting that side of things sorted so that all of the concentration can then be on the 18 games we have left to play."

– Chairman Andrew Jenkins

Pressley took on his first management position with Hearts in the early 2000s.

Moving on to the Scotland national team until September 2009 at just 30-years-old.

Two years later, his string of management continued taking on Falkirk for more than 100 games before moving to Coventry in 2013.

Pressley took on a different role when Southampton assigned him as a scout before replacing Graham Alexander as manager of Fleetwood Town.

He left Highbury 12-months later and has since had a spell with Pafos, in the Cypriot first division.