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Hull City shortlist Carlisle Utd boss Greg Abbott for manager job

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott is on Hull City’s shortlist over their vacant manager’s post, it emerged today.

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Greg Abbott

The Blues boss has attracted the interest of the Championship club after steering United to the brink of the play-offs on a shoestring budget.

Reports in Humberside confirmed that the KC Stadium club were considering Abbott – a former Hull captain – among the leading candidates to replace axed Nick Barmby.

Billy Davies remains the odds-on favourite but Hull chiefs are said to be impressed with the job Abbott has done at Brunton Park.

Carlisle today would not confirm or deny any interest from Hull, only insisting that the club does not comment on speculation.

United have said Abbott is away from the club on a short break this week but is due to return to his desk after the weekend.

News of Hull’s admiration of the 48-year-old confirms his rising reputation as a manager after delivering United’s highest league position in four years.

Abbott has achieved three successive improved finishes in the League One table after succeeding John Ward, and also won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley last season.

The Blues boss, who is under contract with Carlisle for another season, has built a reputation for finding and developing good young players on tight resources, and for nurturing strong relations with top-flight clubs.

Among the Hull squad is one of Abbott's best finds for United – defender James Chester, who the Blues boss signed on loan from Manchester United in the 2010/11 season.

Fellow former United loanees Corry Evans and Joe Dudgeon are also in the Hull ranks.

The Hull Daily Mail today reported that the Tigers have sounded out former Nottingham Forest and Derby boss Davies.

But they are said to be remaining open-minded over other candidates, with former boss Phil Brown publicly declaring his interest and out-of-work trio Mick McCarthy, Lee Clark and Gary Megson also possibly in the running.

Abbott – the 10th longest-serving manager in the country – made more than 100 appearances for Hull between 1992 and 1996.

Barmby, meanwhile, is set to appeal against his sacking, which Hull owners Assem and Ehab Allam claim was triggered by comments the ex-manager made in an interview about transfer funds.

Have your say

I hope Greg decides to stay and finish the job. Of course this speculation also depends of where he is in the pecking order at Hull and he may not get far in the interview process with Billy Davis, apparently the odds on favourite.
I think the situation raises two pertinent issues: what are the board prepared to do/ able to do to keep Greg. A transfer kitty and a new contract may well be the minimum.
But even if the worst case should happen and Greg leaves I hope and feel sure he will act in an ethical and honourable way and not seek to cherry pick from the eight existing first teamers who have contracts on the table. I have no doubt at all that even though the players are 'free agents' any such diluting of the first team squad would cast a sour taste on Greg's legacy. I realise the players are in a sitution where they can test the market and I imagine one or two will do so.
I wish we were a richer club who could sign up players much earlier and avoid this process.
Didn't anyone see it coming?
Oh and I see Robeiro from ?Bristol City and Adam Clayton from Leeds are now free agents. Wish you could say that for James Taverier.

Posted by David P on 11 May 2012 at 13:21

Greg & kav, get your coats , the car is running i,ll drop you both at the KC. Don,t mention it , you,re welcome !.. happy days.

Posted by petethegreet on 11 May 2012 at 12:50

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