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Glass half full or half empty?

It needs a miracle. Maybe if we all get on our knees and pray to our shrines of the sainted Jimmy Glass, we might, just might, get one.

Jimmy Glass photo
Jimmy Glass

After months of disappointment and under-performing, the Carlisle players actually turned up for a match at Crawley Town on Tuesday and scrapped out a goal-less draw.

That means it is still mathematically possible for them to stay in League One.

It’s the kind of maths you find in Star Trek or The Matrix though – impossible except in Hollywood.

The basic equation is if Carlisle score a bagful against Wolves – the league’s top team – on Saturday and everyone else around them loses, they will keep their place in the league.

I’m not a United fan, though I do follow them closely and want them to do well.

If they do well, the city feeds off their success. People are happier. Some may even buy a newspaper to read how the sixth and seventh goals were scored because after the fourth, it was all a blur.

But it’s not like that. It’s not Hollywood, it’s Brunton Park. Heroic performances have been few and far between.

The honest truth is that the true fan doesn’t mind failure if it’s the sorry, unwanted result of genuine effort.

We’ll not regret our tears if blood and sweat have been sacrificed in the club’s cause.

But after another season of misery, false hope and steady decline, things have to change at Brunton Park. The club has pottered along doing nothing much for years now.

If clubs such as Peterborough and Rochdale can challenge for promotion with their measly resources and reputations, why can’t Carlisle with all its history, tradition and the city to draw upon.

Is the work by Uwe Rosler last season the only reason Brentford has won promotion?

Carlisle bosses need to look at themselves and at what other clubs are doing. Brunton Park needs a massive overhaul – or it risks spending many years in the gloomy shadows of League Two.

Have your say

If there's no liquid in the glass to begin with and you pour some in to half way, it's half full. If there's some already in and you drink it down to half way, it's half empty. You don't have to be a scientist to work that out ;-)

Posted by Graeme on 22 July 2014 at 23:57

As a scientist, I know that unless there's a vaccuum involved, the glass is always full; even if some of it is in the gaseous phase, and some in the liquid.

A relegation followed by a successful season and promotion back up will do me fine.

Posted by Dagsannr on 1 May 2014 at 13:10

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