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A Thread for debating who’ll be next into the Brunton Park hotseat!

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3 months ago
On a serious point Piglet, wonder if there are any English coaches working abroad that would be keen? The next Graham Potter basically.


I know he's Welsh, but what about Carl Robinson?

(The one currently working in Australia, not the MK Dons one)
3 months ago
He sounds a bit too outspoken for Nixon and Co. to handle. :D

I’ve heard Billy Barr has put in for it.
3 months ago
Danny Grainger all day long for me.

A local lad and a big Carlisle fan to boot.
Whilst captain here had the total respect of his team mates.
Would often lead the team out for training whilst Curle, Dykes and West were discussing baffling team selections on the back of a fag packet
Not frightened to speak his mind, he challenged Curle to say he thought the squad at the time wasn't fit enough and weren't training hard enough.
He challenged the hierarchy about contractual issues whilst here, not for himself but other members of the team.
Incredible attention to detail.
And generally an all round good egg

So no doubt we'll end up with Danny Doolittle.
3 months ago
Would DG take the wage drop and loss of esteem going from being Falkirk assistant coach to CUFC manager?


Ehhh, are you being serious?? We're talking about FALKIRK here not bloody PSG.
3 months ago
How about a manager that ticks both the ex player and Ostersunds boxes?

Step forward Brian Wake
3 months ago
Ian Burchnall was randomly mentioned last time, when he was in charge at Ostersunds. He’s now at Notts County of course…
3 months ago
On a serious point Piglet, wonder if there are any English coaches working abroad that would be keen? The next Graham Potter basically.
3 months ago
What's the work permit situation in the UK for a Norwegian citizen following Brexit?

If feasible with that consideration, I'd have Pa-Modou Kah on my shortlist for definite.
3 months ago
It's definitely a huge decision for the BoD (well, more like DH) to make in terms of what we do this season. I know it's easy to look at the situation and panic, but there's still 35 games left - going for an "experienced" firefighter style appointment might not be the best long-term plan.

I'm also not as downbeat on the idea of an ex-player managing us - there's plenty of merit actually in going down that path: someone who knows the club, has spent a bit of time away to get different perspectives etc. Certainly didn't do Cheltenham any harm when they gave Michael Duff the job three years ago - they were in 19th position (they actually dropped further under him to 23rd until he started to pick things up in December). Similar with Mike Flynn - he'd had loads of different roles at Newport (mostly off the field) before becoming first-team coach and then being thrown in at the deep end as manager. Don't think it should be ruled out as an option.

We've probably got to be realistic and say we aren't going to be poaching a L1 or L2 manager - at a push, maybe a smaller National League side (Pete Wild at Halifax for example).

DH is clearly going to be pulling the string mostly on this (as he did with Beech) - with the squad we've got, an experienced old school manager might not be the option, as there isn't many older heads in there they can rely on. As much as anything, we need someone who's a good coach and manager that can mould what is still an alright squad for this level into one that can win matches - I'd not be surprised to get someone with a bit of coaching experience again who has not been a manager yet - maybe Unsworth at Everton U23s (who was in for it before).

ATM, I'd say my five main candidates I'd like to see up for it are Grainger, Thirlwell, Johnston (QotS), Unsworth and McGreal. Wouldn't be amazed if it was someone we'd never heard of mind!


Johnston and Wild have around 45% win ratios. There’s no way our BOD will want to bring in someone who could deliver success and threaten their lower league plodding existence.
3 months ago
Let’s hope Thirlwell would be a better manager than he was a captain. Not for me.

I’d rather have Lee Clark!
3 months ago
No way Phil Brown is coming in...not enough SunBed Shops in Carlisle to keep his orange tan topped up.

Wouldn't complain at Flynn, he's shown he can do it in this league but I guess Newport aren't run in the same shambolic way we are.

Didn't Westley just have a team of 6ft+ lumps at Stevenage?? Another Hoofball merchant?


Towards the end Flynn was complaining about some of the ways Newport were run, saying he wasn't happy with it. Suspect he won't move this far north, he's got a young family so probably waiting to see if it goes tits up at Bristol Rovers or Walsall or similar.


Sorry to see CB go, but in the circumstances it was the right thing to do.
Real chance for the BOD to do something positive. Learn from giving the job to someone lacking experience and hand it to someone like Tisdale, or Flynn. Personally, I think it's a no-brainer.
However, I fully expect Danny Grainger, Peter Murphy, or Gavin Skelton to be given it. I like these guys, but it's far, far too soon.
Look what experience (Kenny Jackett) has done for Orient.
Another spin of the wheel... Goodness knows who we'll get next - Just hope it isn't some clown, or another.


And yet, it's not doing much good for Mansfield!

The key at the end of the day is getting the RIGHT manager for this squad. Our reliance on a relatively young and inexperienced squad isn't going to change, so find someone to get the best out of it is vital. Whether that's an experienced head or someone who's currently coaching U23s at PL level. Look at how Rob Edwards has slotted in no bother at Forest Green Rovers for instance.
3 months ago
It's definitely a huge decision for the BoD (well, more like DH) to make in terms of what we do this season. I know it's easy to look at the situation and panic, but there's still 35 games left - going for an "experienced" firefighter style appointment might not be the best long-term plan.

I'm also not as downbeat on the idea of an ex-player managing us - there's plenty of merit actually in going down that path: someone who knows the club, has spent a bit of time away to get different perspectives etc. Certainly didn't do Cheltenham any harm when they gave Michael Duff the job three years ago - they were in 19th position (they actually dropped further under him to 23rd until he started to pick things up in December). Similar with Mike Flynn - he'd had loads of different roles at Newport (mostly off the field) before becoming first-team coach and then being thrown in at the deep end as manager. Don't think it should be ruled out as an option.

We've probably got to be realistic and say we aren't going to be poaching a L1 or L2 manager - at a push, maybe a smaller National League side (Pete Wild at Halifax for example).

DH is clearly going to be pulling the string mostly on this (as he did with Beech) - with the squad we've got, an experienced old school manager might not be the option, as there isn't many older heads in there they can rely on. As much as anything, we need someone who's a good coach and manager that can mould what is still an alright squad for this level into one that can win matches - I'd not be surprised to get someone with a bit of coaching experience again who has not been a manager yet - maybe Unsworth at Everton U23s (who was in for it before).

ATM, I'd say my five main candidates I'd like to see up for it are Grainger, Thirlwell, Johnston (QotS), Unsworth and McGreal. Wouldn't be amazed if it was someone we'd never heard of mind!
3 months ago
Nayim into 750 from 999 on betfair…


Was me, had £3.26 on…
3 months ago
Would DG take the wage drop and loss of esteem going from being Falkirk assistant coach to CUFC manager?
3 months ago
Danny Grainger now 11/8 with Bet Victor. Somebody must have put a fiver on.


4/7 now with BV, 1/2 at SkyBet.

The first gamble is on…


Nayim into 750 from 999 on betfair…
3 months ago
Well the bookies have Grainger odds on and McGreal up there also (win average 37%)

https://www.bettingodds.com/thesackrace/teams/carlisle-united
3 months ago
I have a problem with appointing former CUFC players as managers/coaches - for instance Grainger, Aranalde, Thirwell, etc. Currently these are really popular former players who we would welcome back to the City but if/when their managerial tenure goes pear-shaped then they are not so popular. Look at Simpson - he went from being one of our best managers to being labelled "Judas" in a heartbeat. It may be that some former players would like to be the manager here if it wasn't for how it might end. As we know, the abuse doesn't always stop with the manager but can extend to his family too...

Football can be really cruel.
3 months ago
Danny Grainger now 11/8 with Bet Victor. Somebody must have put a fiver on.


4/7 now with BV, 1/2 at SkyBet.

The first gamble is on…
3 months ago
Danny Grainger now 11/8 with Bet Victor. Somebody must have put a fiver on.

David Hopkin is out of work again! 25/1!
3 months ago
I wish everyone would stop the weird obsession with bringing back former hero’s. It’s such a strange Carlisle United supporters psyche which is do not understand. They’re more likely to ruin their previous image rather than enhance it.

For me Andy Morrison would be a great option, a really fighter and did a great job with Connah’s Quay. Pete Wild is doing well at Halifax as is Phil Parkinson at Alty. First and foremost DH and NC should evaluate the strengths of the squad and find a manager that complements those.


In a funny way, this is a reply to two parts of your post lol

https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/andy-morrison-get-him-to-city.352631/#post-14267026

The guy, though an absolute kicker of a defender dragged City out of their darkest period, they wouldn't have gone up that season if they hadn't signed him and even now people would still give him a role at the club 20+ years later.
3 months ago
He was wearing a mask and was standing at the opposite end of the platform to me, but I’m pretty sure I just saw Nayim disembarking from a pendalino this afternoon.

Would be quite the leftfield appointment
3 months ago
I'm going to apply. I won the Champions League with Bradford city. Proven success at this level. I got a thank you, we appreciate your achievement, when I applied for the manager's job there a few seasons ago. Then they were relegated the next season. Just saying like, maybe time to beak the mould, hasn't gone too well for them since. Portends.
3 months ago
Talking of inexperience one of our most successful managers was Alan Ashman who if I remember correctly was manager of Penrith when he was given the job.


And then took us to the top of the English football league, I doubt any of us will ever experience that situation being repeated.
3 months ago
Talking of inexperience one of our most successful managers was Alan Ashman who if I remember correctly was manager of Penrith when he was given the job.
3 months ago
Sorry to see CB go, but in the circumstances it was the right thing to do.
Real chance for the BOD to do something positive. Learn from giving the job to someone lacking experience and hand it to someone like Tisdale, or Flynn. Personally, I think it's a no-brainer.
However, I fully expect Danny Grainger, Peter Murphy, or Gavin Skelton to be given it. I like these guys, but it's far, far too soon.
Look what experience (Kenny Jackett) has done for Orient.
Another spin of the wheel... Goodness knows who we'll get next - Just hope it isn't some clown, or another.
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