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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Miller and Chantler among 12-man exodus from Carlisle United

Lee Miller has been released by Carlisle United as manager Graham Kavanagh carries out a mass clear-out at Brunton Park.

The Scottish striker is among a dozen players who are leaving the relegated club at the end of their current deals.

Only two of United's out-of-contract men have been offered new terms - midfield duo James Berrett and Paul Thirlwell.

Berrett has been offered a two-year deal and veteran Thirlwell one-year terms as the Blues prepare for life in League Two.

Otherwise it is a major clear-out by Kavanagh with Miller, Chris Chantler and Pascal Chimbonda among those released.

Also axed are Danny Livesey, Prince Buaben, Mike Edwards, Greg Fleming, Jack Lynch, Lewis Guy and Nacho Novo.

They follow Liam Noble - released on Monday - out of the exit door.

And with Danny Cadamarteri having recently retired it means there are 12 departures in total from Brunton Park.

Kavanagh broke the news to the majority of his squad in a series of face-to-face meetings today.

Left-back Chantler was the first player to this afternoon reveal he was leaving the club and tweeted: "Well last 3 years have been a pleasure Carlisle fans some good times some bad but I wish you all the best for the future #thankyou #aurevoir."

Former talisman Miller departs after 98 appearances and 32 goals for the Cumbrians.

He tweeted: "Well the new chapter begins. I've had an amazing time & met a lot of great people at Carlisle. i'd like 2 thank every1 connected 2 the club for all ur support. i wish the club all the best in the future & I hope they bounce bk nxt season."

The decisions leave Kavanagh with a major recruitment job throughout the summer.

He currently has just nine contracted players on the books for next season, with youngsters Kyle Dempsey and Patrick Brough set to increase that to 11.

Kavanagh, meanwhile, has promised major changes to the squad but has not been drawn on the number of signings he wants to make this summer.

“I’m not going to put numbers on it [yet] because I don’t know exactly what’s available in terms of budget,” he said.

“I have an idea and I have got areas of the squad I want to improve. But there will be changes.”

Have your say

About time some players got the boot from the club but keeping kav in charge was the cheap option in my eyes, need to sign some good quality experienced players who have played at this level but where are you going to get these players ?? Please stop bringing loan players in for a month here and a month there it doesn't work, they get sent out from there parent clubs because there not good enough to play for them so why do you think they will come to carlisle and make a big impact and help the team ?? I just hope these sit down in the summer and think about what they want from this season and where fighting at the top end of league 2 and not the bottom end

Posted by Carlisleblue on 21 May 2014 at 21:38

why keep a player who gets an injury every other game(thirlwell)a manager who cant manage,and owners who cant see whats happening to the club,going down.

Posted by joel on 13 May 2014 at 20:55

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