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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Paul Simpson among early favourites to be new Carlisle Utd boss

Paul Simpson and David Unsworth are among the early contenders to replace Greg Abbott at Carlisle.

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Paul Simpson

Former Blues boss Simpson, who masterminded back-to-back promotions in 2005 and 2006, admits that a return to Brunton Park would greatly appeal to him.

Carlisle-born Simpson, 47, said: “It’s something that would interest me, it’s as simple as that. It’s my home club, I know there was a certain atmosphere when I left [for Preston] but that’s football, you just have to deal with that. I don’t know whether the club have got someone in mind already, but if Carlisle United wanted to speak to me I would be happy to speak to them about it.”

Simpson, who is currently working for the Premier League, added: “I have a lot of respect for Greg and it’s always sad to see someone lose their job – I’ve been on the receiving end myself. I haven’t got my head around contacting anyone at the club yet but I’m going to think about it.

“It’s a club that has played a massive part in my life.”

Sources close to Unsworth, meanwhile, say the Everton Under-21 coach intends to apply. United are also likely to consider the credentials of former youth boss Eric Kinder.

And News & Star Sport understands ex-player Zigor Aranalde, is interested.

However, at the head of the line appears to be caretaker boss Graham Kavanagh, who has had five years at United.

He is studying for his Pro-Licence qualifications and, already under contract, would be the most affordable option.

THE ODDS

GRAHAM KAVANAGH: Odds 2/1
PAUL SIMPSON: Odds 5/1
ERIC KINDER: n/a
DAVID UNSWORTH: Odds 6/1
DANNY WILSON: Odds 33/1
PETER MURPHY: Odds 14/1
ZIGOR ARANALDE: Odds 14/1
PETER BEARDSLEY: Odds 16/1

OTHERS:
DAVIE IRONS (16/1)
ANDY PREECE (33/1)
STEVE THOMPSON (33/1)
MICHAEL APPLETON (33/1)
DEAN SAUNDERS (33/1)
JOHN COLEMAN (33/1)
STEVE COTTERILL (33/1)
SIMON DAVEY (33/1)
NICK BARMBY (33/1)
CHRIS LUMSDON (20/1)
KEITH CURLE (33/1)
PAUL JEWELL (33/1)
NEIL MCDONALD (33/1)
MERVYN DAY (33/1)

Have your say

I would love to see new owners come in & get rid of all the passengers & hangers on, Including the back room staff.

Posted by Christian Hunter on 17 September 2013 at 13:43

with that board it doesnt matter if you get david beckham or the chuckle bros , rody n emu or noddy n big ears itl be the same outcome

Posted by p. ullenitt on 16 September 2013 at 22:12

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