Carlisle United's supporters' trust say the club have shown "courage" with the appointment of new head coach Chris Beech.

CUOSC's representative Billy Atkinson says he hopes fans are "happy" the Blues have avoided a candidate from the "usual merry-go-round".

Tuesday saw United appoint former Rochdale No2 Beech to his first head coach role.

It saw the 45-year-old chosen ahead of some higher-profile and more experienced contenders.

In their weekly News & Star column today, CUOSC say Beech was appointed "unanimously" by members of the CUFC Holdings board.

That board is comprised of co-owners Andrew Jenkins, John Nixon and Steven Pattison, CUOSC representative Atkinson, director Lord Clark, and John Jackson, group financial controller of the club's backers Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Atkinson added: "I hope fans will be happy we haven’t gone on the usual managerial merry-go-round.

"I am pleased the club have had the courage to give a young, enthusiastic and ambitious manager the chance to show his worth.”

CUOSC have also confirmed they will hold a members' meeting before next month's home game against Grimsby.

They said they decided to stage the meeting - on Saturday, December 14 - in response to "so much conjecture about affairs at Brunton Park, both on and off the pitch."

The trust say there will be no set agenda at the meeting, which will start at 11am and finish no later than 12.30pm.

Atkinson and Jim Mitchell - the latter CUOSC's representative on United's operational 1921 board - will be present.

*See today's News & Star for the full CUOSC column.