Lee Miller backing under-fire Carlisle United boss

Carlisle United’s star striker Lee Miller is insisting he is “110%” behind under-fire manager Greg Abbott

Pete Norton/Getty Images Lee Miller of Carlisle United
Lee Miller of Carlisle United

Carlisle United’s star striker Lee Miller is insisting he is “110%” behind under-fire manager Greg Abbott.

The Cumbrians have lost their opening three games of the Sky Bet League 1 programme – all three games by a four-goal margin – in a run which has heaped pressure on the Brunton Park boss.

Miller is now free of suspension, having served a three-match ban after being sent off in the opening game of the season, and is likely to return against Colchester this evening. The Scot told the club’s official website: “I know from myself that I am 110% behind the gaffer. He has been great with me and the boys and I think we all owe it to him because, at the end of the day, it’s us who cross the white line.”

Miller revealed how difficult it has been to watch helpless as United have endured a nightmare start without him.

“It’s been very hard to watch from the sidelines these last few weeks,” he admitted. “You can give as much positive encouragement and input as possible before a game and during the week, but there’s nothing you can actually do out on the pitch.

“Obviously me getting sent off in the first game – the first half hour of the season, in fact – isn’t a great feeling.

“I’ve let the boys down and it feels like I’ve let myself down. That’s even though I don’t think there was too much in the collision.

“It’s happened, it’s gone now, and I’ve had to deal with it. I just want to get back to it now,” he added.

“I’ve only had 30 minutes and I really am distraught about that.

“Confidence has been knocked and we can’t get away from that fact.

“There are a lot of young lads in that dressing room and they are at the start of their careers.

“The older lads need to gather round them, keep them together and get them going.”

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