Graham Kavanagh early favourite for Carlisle United jobby Jack Kitson / 10 September 2013, 09:37Tweet
Mangerless Carlisle United are determined to appoint a new boss in time for their match at home to Stevenage on September 21st. On Monday the Blues sacked Greg Abbott - who was English football's third longest-serving manager - following a dismal start to the season, which has left the club third from bottom without a single win in six League One games.
Carlisle's assistant manager Graham Kavanagh has been appointed caretaker manager alongside youth team boss David Irons and goalkeeping coach Tony Caig. Kavanagh has emerged as the narrow early favourite to make the step up and become the club's permanent manager, with Sky Bet pricing the former Blues player at 9/4 in the Next Carlisle Manager Market. Meanwhile their former player/manager Paul Simpson is hot on his tails at 11/4.
The Cumbrian outfit’s managing director, John Nixon, has revealed that they have already received a multitude of applications for the vacancy. Other names in contention include David Unsworth, Irons, Peter Beardsley and Any Thorn. Meanwhile there have been reports that Chris Wilder and Danny Wilson are in the running, although their long odds do not reflect this.