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League 2 Preview 2014-15: Carlisle United

30 June 2014

We take a look at Carlisle United...

LAST SEASON

Greg Abbott left the club early in September after a disappointing start to the 2013-14 campaign. Results improved under Graham Kavanagh, who had initially taken charge on a temporary basis before taking the job permanently. A run of just one win in their final 15 League 1 games signalled the end however, as they finished 22nd in the final standings.

THE MANAGER

Graham Kavanagh spent time with Stoke City and Cardiff City as a player, before ending his career with Carlisle United. He became assistant manager, working under Greg Abbott, but took charge after he was sacked. Kavanagh signed a permanent two-year deal and will be looking to get back into League 1 at the first attempt.

THE MEN TO WATCH

Billy Paynter, a former Southend United striker, signed for the club last week following his release from Doncaster Rovers. The 29-year-old had a spell on loan at Sheffield United last season.

Former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Gary Dicker joined Carlisle after his release from Crawley Town. He spent time with Rochdale and the Red Devils during the previous campaign.

Matty Robson was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2012-13, and signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2015. Joined in 2009 and helped them win the Football League Trophy in 2011.

WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER

Chris Chantler, Danny Livesey, Prince Buaben, Liam Noble, Lee Miller, Mike Edwards, Greg Fleming, Jack Lynch, Lewis Guy, Nacho Novo and Pascal Chimbonda were all released.

Billy Paynter and Gary Dicker joined the club late last week, while Anthony Sweeney and Danny Grainger joined the previous week.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Blues have won ten of the previous 33 meetings between the two sides. Carlisle have won 14 of the meetings, with nine draws.

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