Carlisle is very much a frontier town with an attitude to match. This is nearly as far north as you can get in England – miss the final exit into Carlisle on the M6 and you will soon be in a land in which all the natives eat haggis, wear kilts and call each other ‘Jimmy’. Few travelling fans relish the lengthy journey to Brunton Park – home of Carlisle United – and the Cumbrians are now attempting to lure a new manager to the far outposts of the Football League following the sudden resignation of John Sheridan just a few days ago.
The irony is that Sheridan’s departure comes on the back of an excellent run during which Carlisle United have won each of their last six matches and hauled themselves firmly into the League Two play-off places. Whoever takes the reins in a permanent capacity will be tasked with continuing this excellent winning streak into the latter stages of the campaign.
An early frontrunner for the vacant position is Gary Bowyer, the former Blackpool boss guiding the Seasiders into League One and keeping them there last season. He quit from his position at Bloomfield Road in August and would certainly be a popular appointment should he find his way into the Brunton Park hot-seat.
Paul Murray has been placed in temporary charge alongside Tommy Wright and should the Cumbrians continue their winning run, then he may be a consideration for the permanent position. Murray became first-team coach in June 2018 having perviously been at Fleetwood Town, Barrow, Hartlepool United and Oldham Athletic.
It was no surprise when struggling Championship side Ipswich Town dispensed with the services of Paul Hurst in October 2018 and the 44-year-old will be desperate to make a return to managerial circles, albeit at a lower level. Hurst has also managed at the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Grimsby Town and Boston United, therefore a drop into League Two certainly wouldn’t be out of the question.
John Askey guided Macclesfield Town back into the Football League at the end of last season and this earned him an appointment at Shrewsbury Town. Unfortunately for him this didn’t work out too well and he is now seeking employment elsewhere having been sacked in November. Could he find his way into the Brunton Park hot-seat?
Morecambe rarely win many plaudits and they are once again positioned in the lower reaches of League Two, however in Jim Bentley they have the longest serving manager in the Football League. Bentley has been in charge of the Shrimps for over seven years, however might he be lured to the bright lights of Carlisle? Only time will tell!