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Carlisle Utd boss says Blues don't need new signings

Blues boss Greg Abbott today suggested he does not need any more signings in the transfer window, insisting: My squad is good enough.

Sean O’Hanlon photo
Sean O’Hanlon

The Carlisle United manager said he is in no hurry to make further additions this month, after the recent capture of free agent defender Sean O’Hanlon.

Abbott claims the return from injury of some key players has reduced the need for any more new players at Brunton Park.

Only if he loses any members of his current squad will the United boss go back into the market before the January window closes in 10 days’ time.

Abbott said: “Nothing is imminent and if we’ve got everybody fit, we’re not bad. The situation regarding ins and outs would probably change if someone was desperate to take one of our players who hasn’t been playing regular football.

“I will then have to work out if it is worth letting him go. I will only let go if I can bring in somebody better. Finance would dictate that, whether I like it or not.

“But with a fully-fit squad, my group is not bad.”

O’Hanlon’s arrival has strengthened Abbott’s defensive ranks, which currently sees Mike Edwards and Peter Murphy on the way back from injuries.

Abbott is running the rule over more trialists this week but of his senior players, the recent return of Danny Cadamarteri, Paul Thirlwell, Rory Loy and Lee Miller has restored some key men to the first-team picture.

The manager’s comments appear to rule out the possibility of United replacing Paddy Madden, the striker sold to Yeovil on New Year’s Day, or pursuing another frontman to cover the loss of former loan man Joe Garner.

Abbott, who insists he has had “not a phonecall” about any of his own players, added: “People are saying, ‘You need him, you need him,’ but on paper if they are all fit, confident and playing fearlessly, we’re not a bad side. A lot of people in the division recognise that and are happy when they take points off us.

“Paolo Di Canio at Swindon said nice things about us, even though we didn’t actually make him right on the day because we weren’t very good.

“But Mark Robins [Coventry manager] knows we’re a decent side. We beat them home and away. On our day we can be very good.”

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Dave we also beat Hartlepool 3-0 on boxing day

Posted by Blues4eva on 23 January 2013 at 09:20

Let's get down to hard facts. The board needs to fill the stadium in order to get money in.
In order to do that, Carlisle have to be entertaining and start winning at home, or least stop leaking goals. For 9 games this season Carlisle have leaked 3 or more goals in a game.
Until the Coventry game Carlisle couldn't stop the flood.
So what was the big change at Coventry?
We brought in a tried and tested defender to plug the usual leaky defense defense and he played a solid game.
The rest of the team also played better and they communicated much better.
I hope the fans will return, but i expect they'll want to see the Coventry performance repeated a few more times to be convinced that the corner has been turned, before coming back.
I still believe that Carlisle need more cover at the back in order to achieve this.
I hope i am wrong and only time and injuries will tell. I am a loyal supporter and not a stay away fan, so i watch in agony sometimes.
For the last 3 years Carlisle has always finished on negative goals and even as a loyal fan this is frustrating.
Our defending has been a problem for over 3 straight seasons now, so i am entitled to ask, when is this going to be resolved?
I'm also worried who will leave the club at the end of this season when contracts are renewed. The board have no money and i think our squad could end up weaker next season, than the one we're struggling in now.
It's true that a board has to balance the books in Div 1, but a club paying Div 2 fees and wages will find themselves competing in that division all too soon with Division 2 crowds..

Posted by Dave on 22 January 2013 at 18:32

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