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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Lee Miller dropped from Carlisle Utd squad for 'disciplinary reasons'

Former talisman Lee Miller was axed from Carlisle United’s vital game at Crawley because he missed a team meeting.

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Lee Miller

That was the explanation offered by boss Graham Kavanagh after he dramatically dropped striker Miller from the squad last night.

Eight-goal Miller was left behind in Cumbria as the Blues – who needed to win to stand a realistic chance of survival – drew 0-0.

It is likely the Scot has now kicked his last ball for United with a return to favour unlikely with one game left to play.

Kavanagh questioned Miller’s commitment to the cause as he revealed the striker did not stay behind for a squad meeting after Saturday’s home defeat to Oldham.

Kavanagh said: “Lee decided he wanted to do his own thing on Saturday after the [Oldham] game.

“He said it was a misunderstanding but there was him and another player who didn’t turn up for the meeting.

“I took exception to that. There were 22 other players who sat and faced the music, and were very much in it to win it and wanted to come to Crawley.

“I felt that if that was the case, I only wanted players who were going to be committed.

“That's why I selected the squad I did. I'm not saying he has let the squad down – that's for everyone else to decide.

“It was a disciplinary matter which I have dealt with.”

Kavanagh said he has yet to decide whether to bring Miller back into the ranks for Saturday's trip to Wolves.

But last night's events mark a dramatic fall from favour from a man once considered Carlisle's best player.

And it marks a souring of his relationship with Kavanagh less than two months after the boss showered Miller with praise for waiving an appearance-based clause in his contract.

That decision by Miller meant he would no longer be guaranteed a new deal at Brunton Park for next season.

And the latest fall-out almost certainly means he will now be involved in an exodus of players at the end of the season.

News & Star Sport has requested an interview but Miller has yet to comment.

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