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Breaking: Kavanagh appointed Carlisle Utd manager

Graham Kavanagh has today been appointed Carlisle United manager.

Graham Kavanagh photo
Graham Kavanagh

Greg Abbott's former assistant has been confirmed as the permanent boss on a deal until 2015 after impressing with three straight wins as caretaker.

It was first revealed by News & Star Sport on our website earlier today that United's board had decided to offer Kavanagh the job.

He met directors at Brunton Park this afternoon to finalise the move, which will see youth boss Davie Irons promoted to become his assistant and Tony Caig as first-team and goalkeeping coach.

Managing director John Nixon indicated to Abbott's former No2 BEFORE Saturday's 2-1 win against Notts County that he would be offered the post.

Today's meeting saw the decision rubber-stamped after a board meeting, with Kavanagh rewarded for leading the Blues to three league wins in a row for the first time since 2008.

In a statement managing director John Nixon said: "We spoke to Graham on Saturday afternoon, as soon as his preparations for the Notts County game had been completed, to inform him that we wanted to offer him the position as first team manager win, lose or draw.

“I think everyone at the club has been impressed with the way Graham has applied himself and in the way he has placed his own stamp on the role under difficult circumstances.

“He knows the players and the club really well, having been with us for over four years, and we are confident that his experience at the highest levels of the game will help him with his stated aim of pushing this club forward.”

The appointments mean United will need to recruit a new head of youth just weeks after former Gretna boss Irons was appointed in the role following Eric Kinder's departure to Blackburn.

Kavanagh's appointment also came on the day one of his rivals for the post, former Blues boss Paul Simpson, was named first-team coach at his old club Derby County.

Simpson, who had been interviewed by United, will return to Pride Park to work under new manager Steve McClaren.

Have your say

Kav, where were you when Greg needed you? Are you honestly saying you had NO INPUT WHATSOEVER when Greg was in charge?
Can you hand on heart say YOU did everything you could to keep the dressing room positive and on Greg's side when results were going against United?
Davie Irons is a man whom I have followed closely throughout his coaching career and I believe you will learn more about how an assistant coach should perform/assist/support from him than you showed when you were 'assisting' Greg Abbott.

Posted by Craig on 4 October 2013 at 06:42

Pls pls pls GK STOP the 4-5-1 for home games & get some new blood in the midfield.

Posted by Blouse on 2 October 2013 at 10:53

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