Carlisle United are on the lookout for a new manager following the mutual termination of Chris Beech’s contract at Brunton Park, having earned just 10 points from their opening 11 matches, leaving the Cumbrian’s 22nd place in the League Two standings.
Next Permanent Carlisle United Manager Odds
Next Permanent Carlisle United Manager Odds
Danny Grainger Odds: 1/2
Former club legend Danny Grainger is the bookie’s favourite to take the vacant managerial position at Brunton Park, having had good success at local side Workington Reds following his playing days at Carlisle, whilst maintaining good contacts with his old side.
Grainger took the Reds to the top of the table in Non-League Division One and were on course to be promoted to the Northern Premier League before the season was curtailed in 2019/20 with no promotions or relegations taking place and was ultimately unlucky with timing, but nevertheless showed his managerial skills before departing the West Cumbrian side this year.
The 35-year-old is currently the assistant manager at Scottish League One side Falkirk and could be an excellent choice of manager due to knowing the club inside out with developing youth and working on tight budgets being Carlisle’s strategy in general.
Paul Tisdale Odds: 5/1
Former Exeter City and MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale is also in contention to become United’s next manager.
The 48-year-old is known for playing an attractive brand of football whilst developing young players which is something that Carlisle’s fans would desire to see, as well as results on the pitch.
Tisdale has three promotions to his name, having been the one to take Exeter to League One, via the Conference Premier playoffs in 2008, before finishing as runner-up in League Two the following year. The Malta-born manager also lead MK Dons to a third-place finish in League Two as recent as the 2018/19 season.
The most recent roles that Tisdale has had were at Bristol Rovers and Colchester United, with the initial being a disaster, as the Pirates earned just 12 points in 15 League One matches before he left, although he did play a crucial role in Colchester’s survival in the Football League, taking an advisory role alongside inexperienced manager Hayden Mullins.
Gavin Skelton Odds: 10/1
Beech’s former assistant manager Gavin Skelton is also in contention to become the next permanent manager at Brunton Park having served the club as both a player and coach.
The Carlisle-born coach has previous managerial experiences at local side Workington Reds where he lead them to the Northern Premier League playoff semi-finals in 2015, as well as Scottish side Queen of the South where he had a win percentage of 55% having won 12 of 22 matches he took charge of, before rejoining Carlisle as an academy coach in May 2017 where he was reasonably successful at this role.
John McGreal Odds: 10/1
Former Colchester United manager John McGreal is the next manager on this list.
The Liverpool-born manager resigned as manager of Swindon Town after less than a month in charge last June without even managing a single game for the Robins, but, prior to this, McGreal was one of the longest-serving managers in the Football League, having to be Colchester’s coach for four years, managing them 202 times as a permanent manager.
McGreal offered Colchester a stable platform in his time at the club and can feel hard done by to be sacked after a playoff semi-final defeat to Exeter City in the 2019/20 season, as ultimately, this was his best league position at the club.
Sol Campbell Odds: 14/1
The last manager on this list of candidates to be interested in the Carlisle United managerial vacancy is former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell.
The 46-year-old hasn’t had a job since leaving Southend United following their relegation to League Two last season. Campbell won just four of his 23 matches in charge of Southend but was unable to sign players In the January transfer window as the club had a transfer embargo, which significantly hampered the progress of the side. The Shrimpers also sold many of their key players during this period.
Campbell’s best managerial spell came at Macclesfield Town in the 2018/19 season, as they were one of the favourites to be relegated from League Two. When the former Portsmouth man took over at the Moss Rose based side in late November, they were five points adrift of safety in the league. Campbell oversaw his side winning eight games, as well as drawing 12 in 30 matches. Macclesfield drew 1-1 away at Cambridge United on the last day of the season, which was good enough to keep the club in League Two. Just before the start of the following campaign, Campbell left the club via mutual consent as the club was in financial turmoil.
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