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Pressley signs one year deal at Carlisle United

Carlisle United have signed a deal with Steven Pressley. Credit: Carlisle United

Steven Pressley has signed a one-year management deal with Carlisle United.

The 45-year-old, took over The Blues hotseat on a half-season contract in January.

This deal comes two days after Carlisle beat League Two leaders Licoln City 1-0 at Brunton Park, taking them to eighth in the table and just outside the play-off zone. The team plays Grimsby Town tomorrow.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins said:

Steven has a very calm, diligent and methodical managerial style and he has demonstrated an excellent work ethic since joining us in January.

He’s enjoying working at the club and he really has taken Carlisle United and Cumbria to his heart. When talking to him you can see instantly that he’s desperate to bring the success he feels the club deserves.

We’ve watched him closely over the past few months and we’ve seen a manager who has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve. He’s already faced some difficult challenges but, despite that, he’s kept a level head and a real focus on where he feels things can be improved.

We’re delighted that he’ll be staying with us and, as we saw on Friday, when he has the players at his disposal he employs an exciting brand of attacking football. With three big games to go we all genuinely hope that Steven will be starting his first full season with us in League One.

– Andrew Jenkins, Carlisle United chariman

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.