CARLISLE PART WITH KAVANAGH

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Carlisle United have parted company with manager Graham Kavanagh.

A statement on the club website read:

"The directors of Carlisle United Football Club held a series of discussions on Sunday which culminated in a meeting late on Sunday night with team manager Graham Kavanagh.

"Regretfully, it has been decided to dispense with Graham's services after a very difficult and disappointing start to the season. 

"Over the course of approximately one year Graham has managed significant change within the club, including the youth management and successful achievement of Category 3 in the EPPP process, the introduction of ‘strength and fitness coaching’ and diet control, and major change of the first team squad over the summer period.

"Unfortunately results on the field have not reflected that effort and hard work and from the 40 league games last season, following Greg Abbott’s departure, and through the five league games this season there has been an average of one point per game.

"This resulted in relegation to League 2 in May 2014 and it was felt we were continuing to head in the same direction this season. Saturday’s result at Cambridge was a ‘tipping point’ for those concerned with the running and management of Carlisle United Football Club.

"The board wish Graham Kavanagh and his family well for the future as they are certain his hard work, determination and coaching will yield reward.

"The process of finding a new team manager begins today.

"In the interim period club captain Paul Thirlwell and goalkeeping coach Tony Caig have agreed to take the training sessions and handle team selection matters in the coming days."

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