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Carlisle likely to miss out on Gilliead

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By , August 1, 2016 1:23 pm

Keith Curle admits he might not have the services of Alex Gilliead for the second season on the bounce as Newcastle United which owns the player at the moment doesn’t seem to intend to have him another run in the fourth division and wants him to be playing at upper standard now.

Gilliead was one of the two players whom Carlisle had landed on loan from the Magpies last year and his productivity was high enough for the head coach to want him to stay on.

But, having held talks with Newcastle on the matter, Curle has realized that they are not keen on that. Yesterday evening, he said, “On the basis of the early conversations, it looks like Newcastle has other plans for Alex and he would probably be playing in an upper League.”

Ticket-Cost reduction

The Carlisle supporters will have to spend a little bit lesser than usual to get an entry for the team’s opening match at home this summer.

The cost of the tickets has been reduced to ensure that a maximum number of supporters register their presence. “We are looking to have the spectators absolutely filling the stadium.” the Chief Executive Officer of the club was quoted as saying.

However, the reduction in the cost applies to only those tickets which are bought a day before. If you opt to buy your ticket on match day, you will have to pay the normal price.

Top Academy post to be filled up

Carlisle is in search of a worthy individual to be roped in in to take charge of the academy which doesn’t have a manager at this point.

The interview committee which contains Keith Curle as well is expected to make and announce the selection next week.

Curle will not be pressured on extending contract

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By , October 20, 2014 6:33 pm

Carlisle United’s Keith Curle reiterated and told the media that he will not be pressured or rushed in any way on extending the contracts of his players at the League Two club.  The coach of Carlisle United says that it would be wrong to make a quick decision concerning the contract or future of his players and will be discussing this subject with the Brunton Park board before announcing his decision.

There are a few players in the squad of Keith Curle that have been attracting the attention of clubs around Europe including Brad Potts and Kyle Dempsey. Some of those players in the team will also be expiring in 2015 and the head officials of Carlisle United will take part in which player will remain in the team and which ones won’t.

Curle said: “All players’ contracts will be part of the review system, when I sit down with John Nixon, managing director and the chairman Andrew Jenkins and produce my thoughts on the playing squad. I know some of them have clauses in their contracts where they are open for review. But because of the managerial situation at the football club, those reviews had to get put back’’

“I don’t think it’s right for me to walk into the club and, within two weeks, be asked to review a player’s future. So I will ask for a little more time. But we are fully aware of everyone’s contract position.”

It has been less than 3 months since Keith Curle was delegated with the task of coaching Curlisle United and having such a short period of time in charge of the club is one of the main reasons why Curle wants to take his time before deciding the future of his players and wants to have the help of the managing director and chairman of the League Two club.

Heskey turns Down Carlisle

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By , September 10, 2014 10:57 am

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh says that former Liverpool and Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey turned down the opportunity to join the League Two club this summer. Heskey is out of contract after deciding to leave Newcastle Jets at the end of last season. The 36-year-old has the top flight experience that Carlisle United can do with in the bottom division of English league football. After their relegation to League Two, Carlisle face a fight in order to get back to the top division.

They have made a poor start to the campaign and now starring at another relegation that would send them out of the football league. Kavanagh says that he is confident of turning round of results with the team facing a tough away match against Cambridge United. Kavanagh, interestingly, was a teammate of the England international while playing at Wigan Athletic. However, even this connection was not enough to secure the signing of the 36-year-old. Scoring goals has been a problem for Carlisle this season, but a challenge for promotion spots straightaway considering that they were able to field a number of players who were part of the League One season.

Heskey has always not been renowned for his goalscoring prowess, but he has the ability to inspire teams and also bring other players into the attack. “I tried to get Emile in. I played with him at Wigan and I know what he is all about. Unfortunately he turned it down as I think he wants to be playing in the Championship or going back abroad,” said the former Wigan Athletic man. Kavanagh is in danger of losing his job if results do not improve quickly. Carlisle have managed just two points this season despite having played five matches, while they have also been knocked out of the League Cup.

Canadians Still World Cup Crazy

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By , July 24, 2014 10:41 am

It has been over 25 years since Canada has managed to get into the World Cup, their best result was back in 1986 when they managed to get into the group stages but failed to make it out from those rounds, however that has not stopped the Canadians from having World Cup fever as it was reported by FIFA organizers that Canadians bought more than 28,999 tickets to watch some of the matches of the worldwide event which was more than any other nation that didn’t qualify for the tournament.

Almost the same thing happened 4 years ago when Canada was one of the top nations that attended for the 2010 World Cup even though their nation was not even competing in it. It was estimated that over 2 million Canadians watched Germany crush Brazil with their astounding 7-1 victory in the semifinals match.

Earlier in January, the Canadian Soccer Association announced to the media that they will make a bid to host the 2026 World Cup, whether or not it actually happens and manages to go through is another thing but the point is that Canada is starting to take genuine interest in the sport and this is beginning to show.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by Canada and depending on things go during that event it could increase their chances of actually hosting a World Cup in the near future, if indeed it does go through it will give Canada an automatic spot to qualify which is something that has not happened since 1986.

Canada’s club scene is flourishing as they now have 3 Major League Soccer Teams which are: Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact.


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By , May 7, 2014 4:28 pm

Fulham managed to get themselves a lifeline in the fight against relegation after managing their 2-1 win against Aston Villa away from home. They have been unable to get results at Craven cottage this season. This has put the future of the club a major doubt, as they have been poor away from home throughout this campaign.

However, the club has managed to stun everyone by managing three points at Villa Park, which gives them a great hope of avoiding relegation with only five matches left. They are now five points behind Norwich city, who occupy the 17th place. Continue reading 'FULHAM LIFELINE'»


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By , May 1, 2014 4:08 pm

The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has said that he didn’t want Cesc Fabregas to make his way to Barcelona 3 years back, but, he had no choice apart from letting him go because he was so keen to play for his boyhood club.

Fabregas had learnt all his football at Barcelona and had even played for their youth team before moving to Arsenal in 2003. He remained at Arsenal for 8 years and developed enormously as a player under the guidance of Wenger.

But, after becoming a superstar, he left Arsenal and returned to Barcelona. The Arsenal fans were absolutely gutted about that back then and so was the Arsenal management.

Talking about Fabregas’ transfer yesterday, Wenger said, “I badly wanted him to stay with us and I had a few animated discussions with him as well on that topic, but, I finally gave up. He was so eager to get back to his roots. He wanted to represent Barcelona and you know there was a bit of logic in that decision of his. That’s the place where he comes from, his family is there; his grandpa is associated with the club. So, it was pretty natural for him to be keen to return.”

When asked at which position Fabregas can be utilized the most, Wenger said, “I think he performs the best when he plays in the midfield. He plays upfront occasionally for his national side, but, I don’t think that’s the position where you can extract the best out of him. He is not one of those guys who rely on his physical presence that much.”

Fabregas played more than 200 league games for Arsenal during his 8-year long tenure and found the back of the net 35 times.