Chris Beech admits he keeps coming up with some unorthodox ways of getting his message across to his squad.

And the Carlisle United boss’s latest attempt is to ask the Blues players to imagine they are joiners building wardrobes.

Beech used the comparison to underline the value of hard work in the face of tough competition from some opponents who have better resources.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Grimsby, Beech said: “I use daft stuff and I think it sends the players round the twist.

“One thing I've said is my dad’s a joiner, but if there’s a thousand joiners who build a wardrobe, one will be the best and one will be the worst.

“Why is that? Well, there’ll be somebody who sources the wood, there’ll be somebody who looks after his tools, there’ll be another that bangs his bag in the van and who can’t wait for his bacon and egg butty, gets his cash and gets off.

“We’ve got to try to find a way and I’m a person who wants the best wardrobe. I want to be proud of the fact we’ve got the best hinges, best lock, everything, so how we get that…we need to find it a different way.”

Beech said that finding that different way is essential at a time United claim to have one of the lower budgets at their level.

The Cumbrians are hoping to enhance their current position of fifth when they go to Blundell Park after three wins and a draw from their last four games.

United have benefited from the aerial strength of vice-captain Aaron Hayden against Colchester and Oldham, the defender scoring in both games.

Beech said: “I can’t go and sign [Bolton’s] Eoin Doyle, who in theory guarantees you 30 goals. We have to make sure we get to those points in a different way with goals.

“To be a positive team that’s doing really well in the league, you need to be getting up to 70-75 goals. How are you gonna get them?

“I looked at this months ago in terms of how we can try and achieve it. You have to take advantage of your set plays, or try to.

“You can even take it to the levels of Premier League. I remember talking to [Burnley manager] Sean Dyche about it, watching something he did for the League Managers Association.

“To get a striker in the Premier League that scores 20 goals, what would that cost, £100m? So he utilises as much as he possibly can. If he gets that amount of goals from set plays, he’s basically signed a £100m striker, from his two centre-halves and a midfielder that can head the ball in the net.”

Beech said unity at Brunton Park is also an important aspect of Carlisle’s attempt to bridge the financial gap.

He spoke of his gratitude for the support he is receiving even though fans can not attend games at present due to Covid-19.

He said: “I appreciate every bit of support we get.

“We’re seven league games in and we’re not scoring enough, we’ve got to keep a few more clean sheets, we’ve got to keep progressing, but of course to get support off anybody, whether it’s staff, players and definitely the supporters, its great to hear.

“We’ve created this energy because the players are playing with it. It’s important the club stays united in trying to approach a difference, because make no bones about it, it isn’t from a situation where you can go and pay for the answer, it’s come from intelligence and strategy.

“But it won’t mean anything unless we work very hard.”

Beech said his past experience working at clubs who have been financial underdogs has equipped him for the present challenge with Carlisle.

He added: “I’ve not worked in affluent places – Bury, Rochdale – and we’ve had to work in what I class as a no-excuse environment.

“Whatever the terrain is, we have to make it work.

“We’ve managed to produce youth players who’ve played Premier League football from small starts, managed to get promoted when I was helping Keith Hill [at Rochdale] on one of the smallest budgets in the league.

“We managed to have top-10 finishes in League One, FA Cup runs, sell two or three players per season, replace them with great players from the youth systems.

“It can be done, but we’ve got to try and find a different way of doing it.”