Graham Kavanagh gets the nod at Carlisle

Graham Kavanagh has been confirmed as the new Carlisle boss after revitalising the Cumbrians' fortunes

Graham Kavanagh
Graham Kavanagh

Graham Kavanagh has been confirmed as the new Carlisle boss after revitalising the Cumbrians’ fortunes.

He has signed a deal until June 2015 and will be assisted by David Irons, with Tony Caig set to stay on as goalkeeper coach.

The announcement is no surprise given the way the former Republic of Ireland international has responded to the challenge of taking over from former manager Greg Abbott, who was dismissed last month.

Kavanagh has navigated Carlisle away from the foot of the Sky Bet League One table with three straight victories.

The latest of those wins saw the Cumbrians defeat Sheffield United on Saturday.

The club had already offered Kavanagh the job before that game on the basis of his conduct since Abbott’s sacking.

He will be officially unveiled on Thursday, but the way he has transformed the club’s playing fortunes will go a long way to answering the concerns of supporters, some of whom felt that he was too close to the previous regime to offer a definitive break with the past.

“We spoke to Graham on Saturday afternoon, as soon as his preparations for the Notts County game had been completed, to inform him that we wanted to offer him the position as first-team manager win, lose or draw on Saturday,” managing director John Nixon said.

“I think everyone at the club has been impressed with the way Graham has applied himself and in the way he has placed his own stamp on the role under difficult circumstances.

“He knows the players and the club really well, having been with us for over four years, and we are confident that his experience at the highest levels of the game will help him with his stated aim of pushing this club forward.”

Kavanagh took over with the club at the bottom of League One but after defeats of Stevenage, Sheffield United and Notts County they now sit 14th in the table.

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