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Carlisle Utd boss will take ‘strength’ from calls for him to be sacked

Defiant Greg Abbott says calls for his head from fans will give him “strength” as he pledged to fight on as manager amid Carlisle United’s horrendous start to the season.

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Some fans vent their anger at chairman Andrew Jenkins and managing director John Nixon

The Blues’ boss is under increasing pressure after chants of “We want Abbott out” rang around Brunton Park following the Coventry thrashing.

Abbott admitted he had “no idea” whether he would get time to turn things around, with the club’s directors yet to make any comment on his future after the third successive four-goal hammering.

But the 49-year-old said he would not be weakened by the growing calls for his dismissal from supporters.

“Nobody likes that, no manager would, but it gives me strength to come in here and fight even harder,” he said.

“I’m not going to give in. Absolutely no chance. It will probably give me a lot of strength.”

United’s board also came in for stick from fans as the 4-0 home defeat was met with a bitter reaction.

News & Star Sport has requested an interview with managing director John Nixon in light of the club’s latest humiliating afternoon but have been told that he is unavailable for the rest of the week.

The only public remark made by any of the club’s joint owners was a tweet by director Steve Pattison, in which he claimed: “We are all hurting believe me, perhaps some more than others.”

Pattison also invited fans to call him for a “chat one to one” about the club’s predicament, while Nixon had previously suggested on BBC Radio Cumbria on Friday night that Abbott’s position was not directly under threat and there was no “timescale” on his future.

After the 4-0 loss to his home-city club Abbott said he hoped he would get “a little bit more time” to get his full team back from injury and suspension and achieve the results that would lift the team’s shattered confidence.

Asked if he believed he would get such a luxury, he said: “I have absolutely no idea. That’s nothing for me to talk about.

“All I’m thinking about is how to lift the group of players.

“At the minute we are bang rock-bottom and I’ve never been as low. I didn’t get relegated many times in my career but if we continue like that we will be.

“But anybody who says this is a poor team is wrong. The ability is there. We are a better team than we are showing. I hope I’m allowed to believe that. If I don’t there is no point in me being here.”

Saturday’s crowd of 4,072 was already a drop of 879 from the Blues’ previous home gate of 4,951 from the opening-day 5-1 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Have your say

Lack of marketing at the club.Wrong price structure at the club.Or perhaps the powers that be are happy with the status quo?

Posted by James on 24 August 2013 at 07:11

Been reflecting on what's happening at BP and feel Alan Hansen's quote from a while back has resonance: 'you'll win nothing with kids' This comment came back to haunt him of course. However, with CUFC, whilst our youngsters are very promising (particularly Mark Beck, playing a man's game)we could do with shoring up our team with seasoned pro's like Paul Simpson did to try and avoid relegation to the Conference eg recruiting the likes of Tom Cowan. To blood a natural midfielder in Brad Potts at right back isn't fair on the lad's development. Against Coventry it was often 'men against boys'. I feel on balance that it's time for Greg Abbott to go; there are plenty of experienced managers out there who could save us from relegation.

Posted by neil p on 21 August 2013 at 15:04

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