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Carlisle United: We can share Brunton Park

Carlisle United are considering a dramatic U-turn on their new stadium plans and remaining at Brunton Park.

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Meeting: John Nixon

Managing director John Nixon has revealed that the possibility of a long-term future at the Blues’ current ground is back on the agenda.

Nixon described it as a “difficult option” but claimed the club was in talks with a “group of people” who want United to stay put.

The Carlisle MD did not reveal details of the proposal but said the club was now in discussions with two separate parties over their future home.

One, he said, wanted to help the club revive its plan to leave Brunton Park and build a new stadium at Kingmoor Park.

But the other “is suggesting doing something different here at Brunton Park,” Nixon added.

Overall the club are considering three different options on its future, the managing director claimed.

He said the new stadium scheme, named Project Blue Yonder, is “a long way short of being dead” and the club was now trying to settle on a preferred option after previous setbacks.

The Blues have previously insisted that a full revamp of Brunton Park would cost between £18-20 million.

Nixon claimed that was now a two-year-old quote and the figure would probably rise.

And he said any plan to remain at the old stadium would have to be “imaginative”, such as sharing it with someone else.

He added: “It is an option but probably the most difficult one we have.”

Serious doubt was cast on the originally proposed Kingmoor Park move last September by a report commissioned by the city council.

It said an “enabling development”– likely to be a retail park – would not be enough to support the building of a new ground because of Carlisle’s limited retail needs over the next 10 years.

Nixon’s criticism of the council’s approach was then attacked as “sabre-rattling” by deputy leader Colin Glover.

Nixon, who sits on the Football League’s board, said the club must now take more of a leading role in its future stadium plans instead of being led by a developer.

“What we have learned is that...we need to be the strong partner,” he said. “Maybe we need to do some of the leg-work ourselves and do the work with the city to make sure it fits properly.”

In a wide-ranging article in United’s matchday programme at last night’s 3-0 home defeat to Walsall, Nixon said the club wanted to work with the council, not “go head-to-head with them”.

The MD also described Carlisle’s failure to sign a replacement striker for Paddy Madden as a “cost reduction method”, but insisted Carlisle would still be able to attract players despite financial cutbacks – and were in talks with two Premier League players for next season.

Have your say

My little one is football mad but we now go over to newcastle once a month instead of carlisle. Its cheaper to watch a match their than at BP if you go in the family stand (granted you've got the train fare but thats cheap), better football, more atmosphere and it feels like a good day out. BP is just a morge now, theres no atmosphere. Followed them for 20+ years but like many have just lost interest in cufc

Posted by ian on 1 March 2013 at 23:56

The comments on here are all asking questions but no one is listening and no one is giving answers.N&S on our behalf can you get the answer to our questions CUFC need to answer truthfully and frankly.If you cant get CUFC to answer then please tell us.

Posted by ROBERT on 1 March 2013 at 22:10

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