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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Abbott wants Carlisle Utd to follow in Newcastle's boot steps

Greg Abbott today called on Carlisle United to emulate the brilliant team spirit shown by neighbours Newcastle in order to unseat the big boys in League One next season.

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Greg Abbott and assistant Graham Kavanagh

Manager Abbott, who welcomes his squad back for pre-season today, insists there is no better example for his side than the Magpies.

Alan Pardew’s side upset the odds to enjoy a stunning season in the Premier League last term, finishing fifth and just missing out on a Champions League place.

And Abbott says the way the St James’ Park club pulled together to defy expectations has shown the way for the Blues to overturn the favourites in their division in 2012/13.

United are as long as 30/1 with some bookmakers to win the League One title, with Sheffield United, MK Dons and Coventry the fancied teams.

But Abbott said: “We have to find way of competing with the biggest clubs. Newcastle are not the biggest in the Premier League and we are not the biggest in League One.

“But when you put a group of animals together and they’re all prepared to die and work for each other, and not accept defeat too easily, you become a really big animal in the whole scheme of things.

“Alan Pardew did an unbelievable job, was rightly named LMA Manager of the Year and that just shows what can be achieved.”

Abbott will put new signings Mike Edwards and Danny Cadamarteri through their paces for the first time today, with the Blues boss also expected to welcome a handful of trialists to Brunton Park.

The Blues boss also said he is expecting midfielder Liam Noble to make more headlines for his deeds on the pitch in the new campaign after being involved in several off-field controversies last term.

“Liam is an absolute pain in the backside but he’s just a loveable rogue,” the manager said.

“People like Liam always know when they’ve done wrong and are brave enough to apologise.

“A lot of it is harmless skullduggery which gets blown a bit out of proportion. He has got to make sure uses his brain more, but he’s probably going to have to come through mine, which doesn’t leave him a lot of scope.”


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