Next Carlisle United manager – Steven Pressley takes charge at Brunton Park

Former Scotland defender Steven Pressley appointed as John Sheridan's successor at Brunton Park

UPDATE: Steven Pressley appointed as manager of Carlisle United

Carlisle United have appointed Stephen Pressley as their new manager, the 45-year-old former Scotland defender succeeding recently-departed John Sheridan in the hot-seat at Brunton Park. Pressley has signed a deal which keeps him with the club until the end of the season with an option for this contract to be extended further.

Pressley won 32 caps for his country and as well as playing for Celtic, Heart of Midlothian, Dundee and Rangers, he managed Coventry City, Partick Thistle and Fleetwood Town. A ten-month stint at Cypriot side FC Paphos ended with him being sacked and he will now be tasked with lifting Carlisle United into League One, the Cumbrians currently sitting in the play-off places despite losing 3-0 to Northampton Town last time out.

Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins had this to say about Pressley’s appointment as manager:

“He impressed us immensely during the interview process and his enthusiasm to take what is a very attractive job on really shone through.

“He’s taken time to watch us, and he spoke a lot about the fact that he’s seen us play the type of football he likes to see.

“He’s identified that there are good players here in the squad and he feels he can continue the fantastic work that has already been done this season.

“It’s unusual for a manager to come into a club in this situation, but he’s looking forward to working with the staff who are already here on keeping the intensity levels high, and on achieving continued positive results.”

The Cumbrians entertain Cheltenham Town at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon.


UPDATE: 15.01.19

Bookmakers have suspended the betting market on ‘Next Carlisle United Manager’ with Steven Pressley emerging as the likely successor to recently-departed John Sheridan. United have yet to confirm the suggestions that Pressley will take the reins at Brunton Park, however the fact that his odds were slashed from 25/1 to just 1/10 would suggest that he is set to be announced as next Carlisle chief soon.

Former Scotland and Heart of Midlothian defender Pressley managed at Falkirk before taking the reins at Coventry City in 2013, a position he held for two years before helping steer Fleetwood Town to safety in a nine-month spell at Highbury Stadium. After resigning from his position at Fleetwood, Pressley had a stint with Cypriot outfit FC Paphos who he guided to safety following a season in which relegation was a distinct possibility. He was sacked from FC Paphos in October 2016.


UPDATE: 14.01.19

Marc Bircham installed as new favourite at 6/4, Lee Clark pushed out to 7/4

UPDATE: 11.01.19

Carlisle United’s winning run was certain to come to an end at some point, however the manner in which they capitulated against Northampton Town at the weekend will have been hugely disappointing to the travelling fans. Caretaker boss Tommy Wright may well have been hopeful that his side’s excellent six-game winning streak might have boosted his chances of securing for himself the managerial position on a permanent basis, however as things stand he is playing second-fiddle to Lee Clark in the betting market. The former Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham player has had numerous stints in management, however he was sacked from his last post at Bury after just eight months in the hot-seat at a time when the Shakers were second-bottom of the League One table. The 45-year-old told the media that he had turned down offers to manage abroad, however the bookmakers have him chalked-in as a 2/7 odds-on punt to take the reins at Brunton Park, current caretaker boss Tommy Wright far behind at 4/1.

Another name in the frame is Owen Coyle, the former Bolton Wanderers striker having resigned from his position as Ross County boss with his side sitting bottom of the Scottish Premiership table and well on their way to eventual relegation. Coyle has been without a club since then and the bookmakers are going 12/1 that he finds his way to Carlisle United over the next few weeks.


Next Carlisle United Manager – BetVictor Odds

2/7  –  Lee Clark

4/1  –  Tommy Wright

12/1 –  Owen Coyle

12/1 –  Paul Murray

16/1 –  Paul Hurst

25/1 –  Darren Edmonson

25/1 –  Steven Pressley

25/1 –  Neil Redfearn


UPDATE: 05.06.18

John Sheridan is confirmed as Carlisle United manager. He joins the Blues following a spell at Fleetwood Town where he undertook a successful turnaround of the League One outfit. Sheridan is well-known for his no-nonsense approach and he has a proven track record of taking sides to new heights. His first job will be to assemble a squad for next season and this is where his contacts in the Football League will pay off.

Announcing the appointment of Sheridan as manager, Carlisle United chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “This appointment has been the result of a thorough and extensive process. We cast the net wide and took our time to make sure we were making the right decision for the club and fans; that was absolutely essential. We have said throughout that we did not want to rush the appointment. The process has been comprehensive, and we have no doubt that John Sheridan is absolutely the right man for the job.”

United chairman Andrew Jenkins had more to say on the matter: “John knows League One and League Two football better than perhaps any other manager, and his reputation is formidable. He also has a clear passion for building the youth team, and making sure we’re developing the new generation of talent we need going forwards. During the interview process, his understanding of our club and our players stood out and his football knowledge was unrivalled. He has a passion for this club and I could see the determination in his eyes. He shares our ambition and vision for the club, and will build on the excellent work of Keith Curle.”

UPDATE 05.06.18

The search continues. Clearly these things take time but the clock is ticking and with the new season creeping ever closer, the Blues board really do need to pull their fingers out.

The favourite for the vacant position is changing by the day with John Sheridan currently top of the pile at 6/4 to be next in the Brunton Park dug-out. Former favourite Stuart McCall has disappeared off the radar while former odds-on poke Russell Slade is now down at 8/1 following reports that the club had never actually made any approach to him regarding the position.

10/1 poke David Holdsworth is a surprise appearance having played no part in managerial circles since his stint at Goole in 2013/14.

Former Blues striker Matt Jansen is an interesting contender, the 40-year-old currently boss of Chorley FC but likely to be a popular appointment amongst some of the Carlisle support. Questions would certainly be raised regarding his suitability given his complete lack of managerial experience at this level although he is currently trading at 20/1 to be next in the dug-out at Brunton Park.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor

John Sheridan 6/4
Neil Redfern 6/1
David Holdsworth 10/1
Gary Naismith 2/1
Russell Slade 8/1
Matt Jansen 20/1

UPDATE 29.05.18
Carlisle United are taking their time when it comes to appointing a new manager!

Several men have now traded as favourite for the vacant position and Stuart McCall is the 7/4 favourite with BetVictor to replace Keith Curle, with the former Bradford City manager having left Valley Parade last season after previously steering the Bantams to the League One play-off final.

Neil McDonald has been trading at single figure odds since Curle announced his departure and he’s back into 3/1, while David Hopkin is a 6/1 poke and the Livingston manager has been inundated with opportunities north and south of the border.

David Holdsworth has now become the 8/1 fourth favourite, with Matt Jansen out to 16/1 and Jim Bentley continues to drift at 25/1.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
Stuart McCall 7/4
Neil McDonald 3/1
David Hopkin 6/1
David Holdsworth 8/1
Matt Jansen 16/1
Jim Bentley 25/1

UPDATE 24.05.18
David Hopkin now looks close to being appointed as new manager of Carlisle United, with the Livingston coach now 1/3 with BetVictor to take charge at Brunton Park.

Carlisle have now been searching for a new manager in the past few weeks since Keith Curle stepped down, with a series of managers being made favourite and it now appears that Hopkin is in pole position.

Neil McDonald is a 3/1 chance and Stuart McCall is a 5/1 poke, with the former Bradford City manager looking to return to the game.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
David Hopkin 1/3
Neil McDonald 3/1
Stuart McCall 5/1
Matt Jansen 14/1

UPDATE 18.05.18
David Hopkin remains the warm favourite to become the next manager of Carlisle United, with the Livingston head coach currently trying to steer his team into the Scottish Premiership.

Carlisle might be prepared to wait for the Scot, while Jim Bentley is a 4/1 chance and the Morecambe manager might be interested in making the switch to a League Two club who might have slightly more ambitions.

Matt Jansen is a 6/1 poke and one-time favourite Neil McDonald is now 10/1 to become the Blues manager.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
David Hopkin 11/8
Jim Bentley 4/1
Matt Jansen 6/1
Neil McDonald 10/1
Darren Edmondson 12/1
Robbie Fowler 20/1
Lee Clark 20/1

UPDATE 13.05.18
Carlisle United continue to consider various managers to replace Keith Curle in the Brunton Park hot seat, with Jim Bentley now the 2/1 favourite with BetVictor to take charge.

There have been several favourites for this vacant position, with the Morecambe manager now hitting the front and Bentley might fancy a switch from his current club considering that funds are pretty scarce.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
Jim Bentley 2/1
Neil McDonald 4/1
David Hopkin 5/1
Darren Edmondson 8/1
Matt Jansen 12/1
Graham Alexander 12/1

Neil McDonald was the early favourite for the job before drifting like a barge, although he’s back to 4/1 in the betting and perhaps he continues to be the preferred option despite being more expensive.

David Hopkin is a 5/1 shot, with Darren Edmondson available at 8/1 although Carlisle continue to go through the list of applicants and it’s interesting to note that Graham Alexander is a 12/1 shot.


UPDATE 09.05.18
David Hopkin is the 5/2 favourite to become the next manager of Carlisle United, with the Livingston head coach being linked with a move to Brunton Park in recent days.

Older football supporters might recall Hopkin playing for Chelsea, with the former midfielder also turning out for Crystal Palace and Leeds. Since retiring, he has worked at Greenock Morton before getting the Livingston gig in 2011.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
David Hopkin 5/2
Jim Bentley 3/1
Darren Edmondson 8/1
Matt Jansen 8/1
Neil McDonald 14/1
Lee Clark 16/1
Peter Murphy 16/1

Jim Bentley is a 3/1 chance to leave Morecamble and take charge of the Blues, while BetVictor offer Matt Jansen and Darren Edmondson at 8/1.

Carlisle continue to take their time over a new appointment, with lots of managerial vacancies currently available right now.

UPDATE 02.05.18
Darren Edmondson remains the 5/2 favourite to become the next Carlisle United manager, with the academy boss potentially about to be promoted from within which is always a cheap solution to the issue of replacing someone.

Neil McDonald went as short as 1/4 in the days following Keith Curle’s announcement, although he’s now out to 4/1 for the gig, while Lee Clark is also a 4/1 poke although supporters don’t appear too keen on someone who messed up royally at Bury last term.

Then we have Michael Bridges and Peter Murphy at 16/1, although Edmondson appears to be in the driving seat right now.

UPDATE 30.04.18
Carlisle United will spend this week searching for a successor to Keith Curle after it was announced that the manager would step down at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Neil McDonald has been all the rage although he’s now drifted to 4/1 and it appears as though the Cumbrian club might look elsewhere for a new man.

Darren Edmondson is the 2/1 favourite, with the Carlisle academy manager potentially about to be promoted from within, with the League Two club not blessed with cash and likely to consider the cheapest option.

Lee Clark is a 4/1 chance although one wonders if the Geordie has run out of lives when it comes to failed managerial ventures, while Michael Bridges is a 16/1 poke and Clint Hill catches the eye at 25/1.

Matt Jansen is slightly shorter at 20/1 and perhaps we’ll discover more in the coming days.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
Darren Edmondson 2/1
Lee Clark 4/1
Neil McDonald 4/1
Michael Bridges 16/1
Matt Jansen 20/1
Graham Alexander 25/1
Clint Hill 25/1

UPDATE 28.04.18
Neil McDonald continues to trade as favourite to be next Carlisle manager, although he’s an uncertain 6/4 favourite with BetVictor to replace Keith Curle.

McDonald went as short as 1/4 for the job during the week suggesting it might be a done deal, although there are clearly others in contention.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
Neil McDonald 6/4
Lee Clark 3/1
Darren Edmondson 8/1
Matt Jansen 12/1
Graham Alexander 14/1
Clint Hill 16/1

Lee Clark is the 3/1 second favourite to take charge, with the Geordie having been in charge at Bury at the beginning of the season although he wasn’t successful with the Shakers.

Darren Edmondson has emerged as 8/1 third favourite, with Matt Jansen available at 12/1 to claim the job although we’re still expecting Clint Hill to shorten and the veteran defender is a 16/1 poke.

Graham Alexander is a 14/1 shot and recently managed Scunthorpe, although whether he’s prepared to manage in League Two is open to question.

UPDATE 26.04.18
Neil McDonald has emerged as the odds-on favourite to take charge of Carlisle United, with the former Blackpool manager now 6/4 with BetVictor to replace Keith Curle at Brunton Park.

McDonald is a highly-experienced coach who has had a previous stint with the Cumbrians and the early money came for the 52-year-old on Thursday afternoon.

Lee Clark is an 16/1 chance and he’s managed a series of Football League clubs, while the post would be close to his native Newcastle.

Clint Hill catches the eye at 22/1 and the former QPR and Rangers defender has had an excellent season at Brunton Park, with Hill having spent plenty of time coaching at the club.

Next Carlisle United manager odds with BetVictor
Neil McDonald 6/4
Lee Clark 16/1
Matt Jansen 12/1
Zigor Aranalde 16/1
John Sheridan 20/1
Paul Simpson 20/1
Steve Watson 20/1
Clint Hill 22/1

Keith Curle has been a fairly long-serving manager at Carlisle United, although it has just emerged that the 54-year-old will be leaving Brunton Park at the end of the season.

The Cumbrians are not going to make the League Two play-offs this season and will start the 2018/19 season with a new manager at the helm, with Neil McDonald currently the 6/4 favourite with BetVictor to take charge.

Alexander was in charge of Scunthorpe United until recently and led them to the League One play-offs last term, although there are sure to be plenty of applicants for the position.

Clint Hill is currently on the books at Carlisle and the veteran defender is trading at BetVictor odds of 22/1, while John Sheridan has done a useful job at Fleetwood Town as a recent caretaker boss and he’s available at 25/1.

Hill would be something of a risk although it appears that the former Rangers and QPR defender has taken his coaching badges and might jump at the chance to cut his managerial teeth in League Two.

Sheridan would be a slightly safer pick and it’s clear that the former Oldham and Notts County boss has proved effective to the majority of clubs for whom he has served.

Ronnie Moore is someone else who has fared well in the lower leagues and the former Tranmere boss has been chalked up as a 100/1 chance, with Russell Slade having managed Grimsby Town until recently and he’s a 25/1 poke.

Matthew Glazier is another name in the frame, with the 39-year-old having just completed his Level 2 badge and has done well with Mickleover Sports in just a short space of time at the club.

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