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22nd September 2014 12:25


CLUB STATEMENT: Manager appointed
carlisleunited.co.uk, Posted: Fri 19 Sep 2014

Carlisle United Football Club have today appointed Keith Curle as first team manager until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Read more at http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/clubstatementmanagerappointed19sept14-1929448.aspx#MkeGYICXe5cS6bAL.99

Curle, 50, made over 700 appearances in a senior career which spanned over 24 years for the likes of Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolves and Sheffield United.

He started his managerial career as player-manager with tomorrow's opponents Mansfield Town and has also held the reins at Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

Former Sunderland, Watford and Rangers forward Colin West, who worked with Curle at Notts County, has been appointed as assistant manager.

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MANAGER: A very real challenge
Posted: Fri 19 Sep 2014
Read more at http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/curleinterview19sept14-1929697.aspx#81VTvVMxgC6jQ9EV.99

Keith Curle on being manager of Carlisle United
We caught up with new United boss Keith Curle at the Derby County training ground shortly after his appointment had been confirmed on Friday afternoon.

"This is a very real challenge," he said. "I started at the bottom in my playing career and worked my way up to the top through a lot of hard work and dedication. We need to do the exact same job here because it's obvious where we are in the league.

"It's been made clear to me through some very honest meetings with the board what is required and I think I can bring that to the table. I'm professional, disciplined and organised and I've got a good eye for emerging talent. I know how the game needs to be played to win points, which is obviously vitally important."

"Over my managerial career I've seen the best and worst of Carlisle United," he told us. "I came to Brunton Park with Notts County not long ago and we gave Carlisle a footballing lesson, to be quite frank. We won 4-0 and put in a very good performance.

"On the other hand, I saw the best of Carlisle when I was manager of Chester City. We lost 5-1 when we visited Brunton Park for that one. It was Carlisle who gave us the lesson that day and I always remember the atmosphere inside the stadium. The crowd were fantastic, they really got behind the team, and those are the type of days I want to try and bring back to this football club."

"After speaking to the owners and the chairman I knew this was a good club," he told us. "I've actually just met Paul Simpson, because we're training at Derby's training ground, and the first thing he said to me was what a great club this is. The foundations are in place, it needs tinkering with, and it needs me to do what I do best and get the best out of players. I need to maximise their potential and get results. I'm confident I can do that.

"I watched the game at Shrewsbury on Tuesday and there is always room for improvement, especially when you're bottom of the league. I've just spoken to the players and I've told them they all have a clean slate and a fresh start - apart from Billy Paynter who I tried to sign at Notts County. He turned me down to go to Doncaster! I know the qualities he's got and I'm looking forward to getting the chance to work with him and the rest of the lads."

On getting back into management, he said: "I spoke to Neil Warnock when he went back to Crystal Palace, and there was an opportunity there for me, but I told him I wanted to be my own man again. To do that I had to back myself because I knew I had something to offer.

"Results wise and stats wise at Notts County I probably stack up as well as anybody who is out of work at the moment, and a lot better than some people who are still in work. I know there are things I need to improve that didn't work out for me at Notts County. They aren't all football based, a lot of it was down to relationships off the field, so I'll work on that.

"I was desperate to get back involved and I know the foundations at the football club, I know how the club wants to play the game and I just want to get started. I actually can't wait to meet the groundsman when I go into work on Monday because every time I've been to Brunton Park the playing surface has been unbelievable. I've spoken to the chairman about that and he said it hasn't changed, so I need to know what he does because it's phenomenal."

"I'm looking forward to seeing the crowd," he said. "I saw them turn on Greg Abbott because of how we played on the day we won 4-0, so I know that if I can get them on my side, and really behind us as a team, we can turn it into a real fortress and get results.

"I've heard from the chairman about some of the players who aren't playing at the moment. There is enough in the dressing room, in my opinion, but there is also room for improvement for me to be able to do some deals.

"I've said to the chairman I won't fill the changing room with loan players. I want to have a look right through the football club, down to the youth team. Everybody will get an opportunity to show me what they can do and they'll get the chance to impress me enough for me to give them a chance to be on the pitch on a Saturday."

"I have set myself a target," he revealed. "I need the supporters to get on board with me. I know there will be some positive and some negative reactions but I know that if they give me the opportunity, and they come into it with an open mind, then they will enjoy watching their team.

"There will be 100% commitment and dedication and the players will give everything for the shirt. Likewise everything we do as a backroom staff will be to get three points on a Saturday."

"There is a little bit of room for manoeuvre in terms of the acquisition of players, as long as it's in line with the budget we have in place," he said. "Every League Two club has financial restraints and we're no different. Having said that, some players might have to move on to further their career so we'll see how all of that goes. I need to get the strongest team possible on the pitch, week in week out, and I'm confident I can do that."

Speaking about his assistant, he said: "Colin West is somebody I've worked with before. He'll tell you he's the best coach outside of the Premier League!

"We get on well, he's very honest and very opinionated, he's able to voice his opinion and he's a very good communicator, not only with myself but with the players. We have a strong relationship and I can give him my thoughts and he can go onto the training pitch and put on a session exactly as I would have done it.

"It's very important to have somebody you trust but I've spoken to all of the existing staff and told them I'm not coming in and asking for them to lose their job. I've been out of work for 16 months or so and I know what it's like.

"All I've asked from them is honesty and for them to give me everything they've got, not only on the field, but off the field as well. That's with anything they think I need to know about. I've got a huge amount of desire in me and I am determined to make this a success."

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BREAKING: Right man for the job
Posted: Fri 19 Sep 2014
Author: Andy Hall
Read more at http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/jnupdate19september2014-1929665.aspx#9GrWhIhhtT4tHbUL.99

John Nixon talks about today's managerial appointment
Managing director John Nixon spoke to us about the appointment of Keith Curle as first team manager this afternoon.

“It is good to have the appointment made because, as I said the other day, it’s a dynamic situation and things are changing all the time,” he said. “We’ve been through quite a long interview process, which has lasted for nearly a week, because we felt it was important for us to identify and appoint the person we felt was the right man for the job.

“We think we’ve got that in Keith Curle and his assistant Colin West. He has a good record of pulling squads together and making them play well, and his win and draw ratio at Notts County was very good.

“He’s worked in the lower two divisions and that was one of the key issues for us over the course of the last few weeks. He knows the personnel, he knows the type of football and he already has a vast network of contacts. When you put all of that together you get what we feel is the type of man who can take us out of trouble.”

“He was one of the strong candidates all the way through the process,” he confirmed. “Virtually all of the directors have met him and he was clear and focused during both interviews he had. We’re confident he can take hold of the reins and drive the club in the right direction again. He spoke very early in the process about bringing Colin West in to work with him and he is another appointment we are very comfortable with. They have become a strong partnership, they trust each other, and I’m sure they will continue to work well together.”

“I think, at this point, we have to thank Tony Caig, Paul Thirlwell and Alan Moore for the work they have done for us in this interim period,” he concluded. “It has been difficult circumstances and the board of directors are full of nothing but praise for all three of them.

“There is a firm belief that we have now have the foundations in place not only to get away from bottom place but to make significant moves up the table. Keith knows we feel that and he agrees it is more than achievable.

“The process of him evaluating what he had started on Tuesday night, when he came to watch us at Shrewsbury, and I’m sure he will continue to assess things as he watches training today and the game at Mansfield tomorrow. From there we will work with him and support him as he seeks to bring us the success we all want.”

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KEITH CURLE NAMED AS NEW CARLISLE UNITED BOSS
News & Star, Friday, 19 September 2014

Carlisle United this afternoon named former Notts County boss Keith Curle as their new manager.

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/1.1163167?

Curle will sign a contract until the end of the 2015/16 season after being appointed successor to Graham Kavanagh, who was sacked by the Blues following a 5-0 hammering at Cambridge United last month.

Former Sunderland, Watford and Rangers forward Colin West, who worked under him at Notts County, has been appointed assistant manager.

Curle, 50, made more than 700 appearances for Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolves and Sheffield United in a 24-year playing career. He won three England caps in 1992.

He was part of Wimbledon’s infamous Crazy Gang alongside Vinnie Jones, Dave Beasant and Dennis Wise.

He started his managerial career as player-boss with tomorrow's opponents Mansfield Town, before going on to take charge of Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

He also spent nearly five years working as No2 to Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace and QPR.

Curle watched his new club in action in their 1-0 defeat to Shrewbury in midweek

He inherits a team which is bottom of the Football League and bidding to avoid setting a club record 15 consecutive league games without a victory.

Although Curle will be at tomorrow's game, caretaker managers Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell will be in charge of first-team affairs against Mansfield.
United managing director John Nixon said: "We've been through quite a long interview process which has lasted for nearly a week because we felt it was important for us to identify and appoint the right man for the job.
"Keith comes to us with a vast amount of playing and managerial experience, and he clearly has a focus on where he wants this club and his tam to go.
"We are looking forward to working with Keith and his assistant Colin West over the coming months and seasons."

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Moore eager to maintain standards
mansfieldtown.net, 18th September 2014

First team coach wants players to keep up their performance levels in Saturday’s match with Carlisle United.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/moore-eager-to-maintain-standards-1926475.aspx#grXyYVtEGttf1UE5.99

First team coach Micky Moore wants our team to put in another good display and make it back-to-back league wins, when we entertain Carlisle United at One Call Stadium on Saturday.

We jumped up three places to 10th spot in Sky Bet League Two in midweek as frontman Alex Fisher came off the bench to give us a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Morecambe.

With the possibility of being able to jump into the play-off positions with another three points on Saturday, Moore is eager that our team don’t let standards slip.

“We felt on Saturday [at Wycombe Wanderers] that we should have got a win or at least a draw in that game, but we got nothing,” said our first team coach.

“On Tuesday it looked like it was going to be a draw, which we felt with the chances that we had, we deserved more, so to get the late winner was great timing and a good three points.”

He continued: “Overall, we’re happy [with the start we’ve made to the season] but we want to ‘kick on’ now and put back-to-back wins together.

“We beat Oxford and Newport and had back-to-back wins there, so if we can do that again in front of our own supporters that would be excellent.”

Nevertheless, Moore believes that nobody shouldn’t underestimate Carlisle United, just because currently occupy bottom position in Sky Bet League Two.

“We had them watched on Tuesday and the player/caretaker manager got sent-off,” said Moore. “They lost 1-0, but from the reports that we got back they played quite well, so it will be quite a difficult test.

“I know at the moment the league table says they are bottom, but they’re a big club with a big fan base and we don’t anticipate them being there at the end of the season.”

Yesterday, we confirmed that we had completed the signing of versatile youngster Reggie Lambe, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old, who was previously with Nyköpings BIS in Sweden, can operate in a variety of different positions, and Moore thinks he could prove to be an excellent acquisition.

“Reggie has been here on trial and we’ve seen him in a couple of games,” he added. “He’s one player that we highlighted. He’ll definitely add something different to us.

“He’s been playing in the MLS [Major League Soccer] and he’s a Bermuda international, so he’s a good player. We’re looking forward to working with him and I’m sure the supporters will be looking forward to seeing him play.”

Micky Moore’s full interview is now available on Stags Player. To subscribe, click here.

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Stags hoping to have Lambe for Carlisle clash
chad.co.uk, 18/09/2014

Mansfield Town are hoping to have international clearance in time to add new signing Reggie Lambe to their squad for Saturday’s home clash with bottom club Carlisle United.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/stags-hoping-to-have-lambe-for-carlisle-clash-1-6848326?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

But, although chairman John Radford has given the green light for two new players, first team coach Micky Moore said there was no rush to bring in the second player until they were sure they had the right man, who will be a left-sided player.

“There is no time frame,” he said. “We will bring in a player when the time is right.

“The manager had a meeting with the chairman on Monday and he gave him backing to bring in two players, and we are very grateful for him allowing us to do that.

“We have had a number of trialists in and watched a lot of games and we have earmarked a number of potential players.

“But they have got to be a good player and a good person to come into our environment. We are just doing our due diligence to make sure that’s right.

“Losing Amari’i Bell, when Birmingham called him back in the first week, and then Sam Clucas means we are short on left-sided players and we need to bring someone in to get that balance. He could be a left wing back or a left winger.

“With Rob Taylor ill, Lee Beevers has gone in there and has been excellent. He may seem like a square peg in a round hole but he’s comfortable playing there.”

Stags are trying to sort international clearance for Lambe from Swedish Division One side Nyköpings BIS.

Moore said: “We don’t anticipate any hiccups. We think we can get over the line and we’d be disappointed if we didn’t. We hope over the next 24 hours it will be done and dusted.

“We had Reggie here on trial and saw him in a couple of games. He was highlighted as one who could definitely add something to us.

“He has played in the MLS and is a Bermuda international. He is a good player and adds something different to us that we’ve not got. We are looking forward to working with him.”

On Saturday, Stags will look to build on their midweek 1-0 win over Morecambe with the visit of bottom club Carlisle, who could appoint ex-Stags boss Keith Curle as their new manager before the weekend.

“Carlisle came down last year and are now looking for a new manager,” said Moore.

“They had their player-manager sent off on Tuesday and we have had reports they lost 1-0 but played quite well.

“This will be a different test. You look at the table and they are bottom but they are a big club with a big fan base and I don’t anticipate them being there at the end of the season, so it will be a big test for us.

“Every game is different and we have to be prepared and right for it.

“It was a big win on Tuesday. We should have had at least a draw on Saturday and, on chances, we deserved to win it on Tuesday. The late winner was good timing and we got the three points.”

Stags’ goal hero was summer signing Alex Fisher who bagged the last minute header.

“Alex came in pre-season and set the world alight with a few goals. Since then he has worked hard in training and that goal will have done his confidence a world of good,” said Moore.

“Most teams come here with a game plan which I think is a sign of respect of what we have done.

“Morecambe would have been quite happy to take a point. It shows how far we have come and what teams think of us.

“Hopefully on Saturday we can get back-to-back home wins again like we did against Oxford and Newport in front of our own supporters and then kick on from there.

“With three points we could be in the play-off places so let’s win on Saturday and see where it takes us. It is still early season yet. But we are playing well and the lads are still gelling. There has been a big overhaul of players here.

“They are enjoying working with each other and starting to get to know each other. Tuesday was only Rakish Bingham’s third game and he is getting chances. He is only going to get better.”

Although Stags do have a few knocks and bruises from midweek, all could be fit apart from John Dempster and Luke Jones, who are both seven to 10 days away from even returning to training, Moore adding it was still too early to guess when they would be back playing.

What do you think? Email your views to Chad Sport

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Tafazolli: We’ve got confidence to succeed
mansfieldtown.net, 18th September 2014

Defender says we deserved to beat Morecambe, but expects hard match against Carlisle United.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/tafazolli-weve-got-confidence-to-succeed-1927409.aspx#XA7j5e7xpuA2818x.99

Tuesday night saw our team return to winning ways as we beat high-flying Morecambe at One Call Stadium thanks to a late goal from substitute Alex Fisher.

The victory saw us jump up three places to 10th spot in Sky Bet League Two, heading into this Saturday’s home encounter with bottom of the table Carlisle United.

One man who was particularly satisfied with the team's work-rate and drive for success in our midweek success was centre-half, Ryan Tafazolli.

Reflecting on the game, he said: “It was really competitive. We did really well, because Morecambe are a tough side. They came to us with a game plan and they tried to remain compact and solid throughout the game, but luckily, we scored in the dying stages.”

Turning his attentions towards Saturday’s match, Tafazolli continued: “I think it was an issue last season, getting back-to-back wins, but obviously we had a home game on Tuesday, we've got another home game on Saturday, and we’ll really be looking to put another three points on the board.

“It will be a totally different game. Morecambe sat off us and allowed us to play, whereas Carlisle are really struggling to get points at the minute and they’re probably just going to come at us all guns blazing.

“So we need to start fast again like we’ve been doing recently.”

Tafazolli, who celebrates his 23rd birthday next weekend, has been one of three ever-present figures in our team this season, along with full-back Lee Beevers and fellow central defensive partner Ritchie Sutton.

Analysing his own form this term, he added: “I just need to keep up my individual standards and hopefully the team can keep up theirs as well after Tuesday.”

You can hear a full interview with Ryan Tafazolli on Stags Player. To subscribe, click here.

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Tafazolli tips Lambe to be a Stags star
chad.co.uk, 18/09/2014

Stags star Ryan Tafazolli has tipped new signing Reggie Lamb to impress after coming up against him in their youth team days.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/tafazolli-tips-lambe-to-be-a-stags-star-1-6848909

Former Southampton defender Tafazolli can remember Lambe vividly - and the pair could now be team mates for Stags home clash with Carlisle tomorrow if Mansfield’s new Bermudian international midfielder gets international clearance in time.

“Reggie has really impressed in training,” said Tafazolli. “He has a lot of flair. I used to play against him when he was in the Ipswich youth team and he was a stand-out player for them.

“He has very good pace and is very good on the ball.

“He is a very laid back, chilled-out guy. But he is from Bermuda and everyone I have met from Bermuda is laid back.”

Tafazolli needed treatment for a cut head in Tuesday’s last gasp 1-0 win over Morecambe, but for once he didn’t need the needle and thread.

He said: “Luckily this time I didn’t need stitches. I have had them four or five times before. This one the doctor glued after the game and I have got away with a little graze.

“In a game like Tuesday when it’s 0-0 you don’t want to come off so you just put some Vaseline on it and get stitches afterwards. Then you return to training when it’s settled and a wound had formed.

“It was a really competitive game and we did really well as Morecambe are a tough side. They came up here with a game plan and tried to remain compact and solid throughout the game. Luckily we scored in the dying stages.

“Notts County changed their formation to match us recently and Morecambe knew what we were going to bring to the table and sat deep. We just kept knocking on the door and, as the game went on, we created more and more chances. So we came away with the win we deserved.

“The fans were great on Tuesday night and we hope to get more of the same from them on Saturday. They stuck by us which contributed to the late winner.”

Tafazolli helped carve out the winning goal with his flick to Alex Fisher from a long Liam Marsden throw.

He said: “There is a lot of competition up top and ‘Fish’ has looked lively around the box. I flicked the ball on to him and he got the winner. I was delighted for him. He deserved to score from the chances he has had in previous games.

“That throw is a weapon. It is a really long throw which we’ve had here before with Exodus Geohaghon. Luckily it has paid off for us.

“Keeping a clean sheet was massive and will give us a confidence booster going into Saturday’s game.

“Carlisle will be a totally different game. Morecambe sat off us and allowed us to play. But Carlisle are struggling for points and are going to come at us all guns blazing. But I don’t think we will have any problems picking up three points. We really should be looking to win it.

“I need to keep up my individual standards. I hope I can remain injury free and play as many games as I can this season. With people around you dropping like flies, there is a lot of responsibility on the lads in there.”

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Evtimov enjoying life at Stags
mansfieldtown.net, 18th September 2014

‘Keeper happy after keeping first clean-sheet for us in midweek.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/evtimov-enjoying-life-at-stags-1927519.aspx#kAjW8dBHJO4aeg8z.99

Bulgarian goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov is hoping to build on keeping his first clean-sheet for the club, by producing another fine display when we entertain Carlisle United on Saturday.

In our victory over Morecambe on Tuesday, the youngster showed exceptional ability to palm away a dipping 20-yard volley by Aaron McGowan - a save which proved absolutely crucial by the full-time whistle.

He said: "It was the perfect response [to us losing at Wycombe Wanderers]. The team responded really well. We played really hard and I think we deserved to win.

"We need a little bit of consistency and a little bit of luck too. Like we saw on Tuesday, we had this little bit of luck that came in the last few minutes and if we keep going like that I think the success will come.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s tie with struggling Carlisle, Evtimov continued: "Sometimes it might be the best time to play them, sometimes it might be the worst, but this league is very equal.

“You never really know, you might win against the top teams and you might lose against the bottom teams. It's going to be a hard game."

On loan with us until the New Year from Sky Bet Championship pace-setters Nottingham Forest, Evtimov is also keen to impress those at his parent club.

“Some of the staff members are always coming to the games, so they are always keeping an eye on me,” said the Bulgarian youth international.

“They are always coming to me after the games and asking me ‘What do you reckon?’ and ‘How did you do?’ Also, they are telling me that they are reporting.

“I’m delighted that I’m getting more games and it will help my experience. Hopefully, I will contribute to the team's success as well.”

Dimitar Evtimov’s full interview is available on Stags Player. To subscribe, click here.

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Stags loan keeper Evtimov is living the dream
chad.co.uk

Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Evtimov is living the dream by playing English League football on loan to Mansfield Town from Championship neighbours Nottingham Forest.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/stags-loan-keeper-evtimov-is-living-the-dream-1-6848901

The promising 21-year-old, on a six-month loan from the Reds, has managed to win the keeper’s jersey from Sascha Studer at One Call Stadium and said: “In Bulgaria I always dreamed about playing in England.

“Personally, I think the league here is the best in the world. My hero was Edwin van de Sar. I went for a trial at Man United when I was 15 to I had the chance to work with him which was great.

“I am delighted to be getting games, which is helping my experience, and I hope I can contribute to the team’s success as well.

“I can imagine it is really hard for Sascha as, if I was in his position, it would be really hard for me. It is the manager’s decision and whoever plays will do a good job.

“I am here until the New Year and so far I am just taking every game as it comes. But you never know - Maybe they will extend my loan?”

Evtimov was delighted to keep a clean sheet in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Morecambe after the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat at Wycombe.

“We bounced back really well after the previous game, winning and keeping a clean sheet,” he said.

“I had a really quiet night and didn’t have anything to do really. So I just had to concentrate to the end.

“Sometimes you can start thinking about other things but players do shout at you to keep focused.

“We would have been very disappointed not to win as we dominated throughout.”

Stags might have won at Wycombe as well but were rocked by a controversial penalty which saw the home side come from behind to win.

“I don’t want to comment on the referee but people at the game saw clearly it wasn’t a penalty,” said Evtimov. “But at the end of the day that was the referee’s decision and we can’t change that so we have to carry on.

“We responded well to that on Tuesday. Now we just need to find a bit of consistency and a bit of balance.

“There is nothing to fear in this league whatsover. The division is very equal and you can lose to a bottom team but win against top teams.”

Evtimov still has ambitions to make the first team at the City Ground.

“Forest have staff members always coming to the games to keep an eye on me,” he said.

“I came from Bulgaria when I was 16, four years ago, and is was really hard at first being miles away from your home country, coming into a different environment, different people, a different culture and a different language. But it does become easier.

“Since I have been at Forest they have had five different managers so it’s been hard. But Stuart Pearce is a really good manager and you can see the team is doing really well.”

Forest are certainly going to be in the market for a new keeper next season with Karl Darlow on his way to Newcastle United.

“It is encouraging, especially as Darlow came through the Academy as well,” he said “He got his chance and took it well and I hope I can take my chance one day and take it as well.”

Carlisle are bottom of the table, but Evtimov already knows there are no easy games in this league. “Sometimes it is the best time to play them and sometimes the worst. This league is very equal and we know it is going to be a hard game,” he said.

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Former Mansfield Town boss Keith Curle in running for vacant Carlisle United job
chad.co.uk, 18/09/2014, by Stephen Thirkill

Former Mansfield Town boss Keith Curle has moved into pole position to become Carlisle United’s new manager.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/former-mansfield-town-boss-keith-curle-in-running-for-vacant-carlisle-united-job-1-6848386

Curle, who guided Stags to play-off final defeat against Huddersfield in 2004, watched Carlisle’s defeat at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night following talks with the Blues board.

Carlisle are believed to be impressed with the 50-year-old and are set to meet Curle for further discussions, reports the News and Star.

If Carlisle decide former England defender Curle is the man they want, there is the possibility of an appointment in time for Saturday’s trip to Mansfield.

The race to become Graham Kavanagh’s successor is entering its final stages with United saying they expect a “firm answer” from their chosen candidate by tomorrow.

What do you think? Email your views to Stephen Thirkill

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Marriott Set to Return to Town
Wednesday, 17th Sep 2014
http://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/25810/?

Town boss Mick McCarthy says striker Jack Marriott will return to Portman Road when his one-month loan spell at Carlisle is up after Saturday’s game at Mansfield.

McCarthy confirmed that the 20-year-old, an unused sub during last night's 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury, would be returning to the Blues: “He’s coming back.”

Marriott has made three starts and two sub appearances without scoring for the Cumbrians, who are currently bottom of the Football League and who sacked manager Graham Kavanagh during his time at Brunton Park.

Meanwhile, former Blues winger Reggie Lambe has joined Carlisle’s weekend opponents Mansfield following a trial.

The Bermudian previously spent time on trial with Bradford, following a three-month spell with Swedish side Nykopings BIS and a two-year stint in the MLS with Toronto FC.

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