Greg Abbott has become the first managerial casualty of the 2013/14 season after Carlisle United sent him packing following a woeful start to the campaign. The struggling club failed to win any of their opening six League One matches, which included a number of demoralising heavy defeats. Their poor form has left them down in 22nd and in desperate need of a new lease of life. Meanwhile assistant manager assistant boss Graham Kavanagh and youth team manager David Irons have been placed in caretaker charge
Saturday‚¬Ä¬ôs last-gasp 1-0 defeat at home to Port Vale proved to be the final straw which ended Abbott‚¬Ä¬ôs lengthily stay in charge of the club. Abbott had been the third longest-standing boss in English football, behind Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale, having taken over way back in December 2008.
During his time in charge of Carlise Abbott memorably led them to Johnstone‚¬Ä¬ôs Paint Trophy glory in 2011. However, just two points from six games this season simply isn‚¬Ä¬ôt good enough. Furthermore they have leaked in a staggering 15 goals, whilst scoring a feeble two the other end.
The Next Permanent Carlisle United Manager Odds are up and running, with Kavanagh installed as the early bookmakers favourite. Peter Beardsley is also a surprise contender to succeed Abbott, while other contenders at this stage include Peter Murphy, Paul Simpson and Nick Barmby.