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3 potential Steven Pressley replacements Carlisle United must seriously consider

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Carlisle United announced on Wednesday that the club had parted company with manager Steven Pressley, with the club in 18th position in the League Two table. 

Carlisle have only won two league games in 10 and despite beating Dulwich in the FA Cup on Saturday, Tuesday evening’s 3-1 defeat to Morecambe in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night appeared to be the final straw for the board.

The board confirmed in their statement on Wednesday that the club’s current coaching staff will take charge of first-team affairs on a short-term basis.

United are looking for the fifth full time manager since Greg Abbott left in 2013 and the club should focus on appointing a manager who would look to take the Blues back to League One for the first time since 2014.

Although nine points off the play-offs, it may not be the board or the new manager’s immediate aim to get the club into the play-offs with the club more likely opting to focus on a solid mid-table position.

Here are three manager United must consider when looking for their next appointment…

Paul Tisdale

Tisdale, for a brief period, was the Football League’s longest serving manager, before leaving Exeter City for MK Dons last summer.

Over his 12 seasons at Exeter City, he won promotion to the Football League in 2008 and the following season became the first Grecians manager to lead the club to successive promotions.

During their three seasons in League One, Tisdale guided City to an 8th place position in the 2010-2011 season, the club’s highest league finish since 1994.

Despite over-seeing relegation from the third-tier, Tisdale and City stuck with each other and the club made the play-off final in both 2017 and 2018, losing on both occasions.

Despite leading MK Dons to League One last season, the Dons hierarchy opted to change their man in charge, relieving Tisdale of his duties in October.

Tisdale has two League Two promotions on his CV and has shown commitment to his previous projects, at only 46, Tisdale would be a solid appointment for any League Two side and one Carlisle should seriously consider.

Stuart McCall

McCall is out of work since leaving Scunthorpe United in March and the job at Brunton Park could be one that tempts the 55-year-old back into work.

He boosts very respectable win percentages from his third spell at Bradford City (46%) and from his four-year spell at Motherwell (42%).

McCall is known for getting the best out of his players and hitting targets set by the board, he guided Bradford City to the League One play-offs in in 2016 and 2017 just missing out on promotion to the Championship in the final, in the latter.

He has accumulated over 460 games in management and his experience could be vital to Carlisle as they look to move away from the drop-zone and improve on their current form.

Ian Evatt

Evatt represents an appointment from the National League having so far steered Barrow to fourth in the division, only two points off the top of the division and currently boasts a respectable win percentage of 38%.

Carlisle is around 80 miles north of Barrow and the Blues hierarchy may look to Evatt to be the man who takes the club forward.

He won promotion from League Two with Chesterfield in 2014 as a player and at only 37 would represent a young, bold appointment.

Evatt will know what it is like being a player in a League Two dressing room and his level-head and his not too distant career could provide Carlisle with momentum going forward.


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