Carlisle United have decided to part company with manager Graham Kavanagh after a run of poor results that left the team 22nd in the table. Carlisle made a poor start to the league campaign and they have been unable to recover from it. The season that started with a 1-0 defeat against Luton has seen the team take only two points so far. The latest 5-0 defeat against Cambridge United has proven to be the last drop of patience from the club’s board, who had decided to act in order to protect the club’s position in the football league.
Relegation from the League Two will see Carlisle United drop out of the football league. This would have been disastrous for a club that was relegated from League One only this summer. Kavanagh’s team has taken the two points from the draws against Cheltenham Town and Southend United. Kavanagh came to the club only last September to replace Greg Abbott, but he was unable to prevent relegation to the final division of the football league. The club have announced that the captain Paul Thirlwell and Tony Caig, who is the club’s goalkeeping coach, will be taking charge of the team for the upcoming matches.
Carlisle United will be hoping for a much better performance in the next match against Accrington Stanley. “Regretfully, it has been decided to dispense with Graham’s services after a very difficult and disappointing start to the season. Saturday’s result at Cambridge was a tipping point for those concerned with the running and management of Carlisle United Football Club. The process of finding a new team manager begins today,” said the club in a statement. Kavanagh becomes the first manager to lose his job in League Two, as the pressure of retaining the league status becomes far more important.