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Peter Schmeichel for Carlisle United job?

Peter Schmeichel playing for Aston Villa Credit: PA

A surprise new name has emerged as one of the bookies' favourites for the vacant manager's job at Carlisle United.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is being suggested as one of the front runners to take over from Gregg Abbott, who was sacked on Monday.

Schmeichel won a host of major trophies with United and captained the team to victory in the Champions League in 1999. He also won the European Championships with Denmark.


Abbott "grateful for the opportunity" at Carlisle United

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.”

– Greg Abbott, former Carlisle United manager


"It was for the best" says Carlisle fan

Most people on our ITV Border social media sites are agreeing with Carlisle United on their decision to 'part company' with Greg Abbott.

Paddy Gorrill said:

"Right decision, wrong time. Form was poor last year and has continued into this year. "

Anna Glanville said:

"It's good, but now is the time for board to invest more in the club. Time to start selling the club and the area so we can attract the right players n manager.

"I feel that the owners were happy to takeover club but we have not seen any investment from them we as a club need more money investing."

Darren Mulholland said:

"A year too late..."

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