Steven Pressley says assistants Tommy Wright and Paul Murray are part of his long-term plans at Carlisle United.

The manager, who this week signed a deal confirming he will remain in charge next season, wants to continue working with the two coaches.

Both Wright and Murray were brought in by previous boss John Sheridan, then had a stint in caretaker charge after Sheridan’s mid-season departure.

They have since been senior members of Pressley’s backroom team since the Scot was appointed in January.

And whatever changes Pressley seeks to impose at Brunton Park in the summer, it appears Wright and Murray will remain. Asked if he wanted them around beyond this campaign, the manager said: “Of course.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with them and I think we’ve built up a good relationship.

“I think, I hope, the feeling is mutual.”

Pressley says he is looking forward to putting his full stamp on the club as a result of United’s show of faith in him.

While the Cumbrians are still hoping to keep this season’s play-off hopes alive, the former Coventry and Fleetwood boss believes he can have an impact over a longer period.

On his deal, which was confirmed on Sunday, Pressley said: “I’m delighted with it and it’s a big boost for myself.

“It allows us now to try and put in place the aspects we’re working towards, and hopefully then I can put my stamp on the club.

“That’s certainly what I’m looking to do.”

Such planning does not yet extend to resolving the contract situation of several players in his current squad.

Many are out of contract this summer with star midfielder Jamie Devitt among those whose future is yet to be secured.

Director of football David Holdsworth recently said no deals would be awarded until United know which division they will be playing in this season.

They are two points outside the play-off places with two games to go.

Pressley reiterated Holdsworth’s view and said: “I don’t really want to speak to the players about their futures until there’s clarity as to where we are next season.

“Once we do that I’ll certainly sit down with the players, speak to them one-to-one and explain my decisions.”

Carlisle host Crawley in this weekend’s final home game where victory is essential in order to take their realistic top-seven chances to the last weekend at Yeovil.

Anything other than a win on Saturday and United will be at risk of having their hopes ended.

After Monday’s deflating 1-0 defeat to Grimsby, Carlisle are ending their season against two further strugglers.

Pressley admitted they are two huge games. “When we won against Lincoln it gave ourselves such an opportunity, such a shot in the arm,” he said.

“It’s about a situation where we have to show the right mentality.

“We’ve proved in recent weeks we can beat the best, now we have to prove we can handle it when there’s a little bit of pressure and expectation.

“Unfortunately [on Monday] we didn’t manage to do so.”