Experienced coach Eric Kinder says he has no intention of retiring despite his second spell at Carlisle United coming to an end.

The youth coach says he hopes to continue working in football after it was announced yesterday he is leaving Brunton Park.

The news brings to an end a second stint with United’s youth set-up for the respected figure.

Kinder said it was the right move for both parties and he has no ill-feeling towards United.

The former academy manager plans to continue working but said he will stay in touch with the Blues.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at the club, as I did first time around,” said Kinder, who was youth team boss from 2006-13 before returning to the club from Blackburn Rovers five years later.

“Both myself and the club felt it was the right time to move on.

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“I’ve no intention of retiring. I want to pursue something else and the club wants to go in a new direction.

“If I’m ever not doing anything on a Saturday afternoon I will be at Brunton Park, and I’ll also watch the youth team from a different angle now.

“There is no animosity with the club, it’s just something both me and the club have decided to do.

“I’ve known Paul Simpson for 20 years and wish him well, and I’ve told him that if I can ever help him in any way, I will.”

Kinder had latterly been working as professional development coach, assisting Under-18s boss Mark Birch.

Before that he had been academy manager, stepping up to the role in 2019 having returned as a part-time academy coach the previous year.

His first spell at the club saw United produce a host of home-grown players such as Gary Madine, Mark Gillespie and Brad Potts.

United chief executive Nigel Clibbens described Kinder as a “fantastic servant to the club”

It has not yet been confirmed whether the Blues will look to appoint a successor to Kinder in his most recent position.