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Greg Abbott sacked by Carlisle

Greg Abbott has become the first managerial casualty of the new season after being sacked by Carlisle.

Abbott had been at the club since 200, where he joined as a coach. Two years later he was appointed manager.

Abbott's last game in charge on Saturday saw his side go down 1-0 at home to Port Vale, courtesy of a late Tom Pope winner, which left the side 21st in the league.

A statement from Carlisle read: "The board would like to go on record with their acknowledgement and appreciation of the hard work Greg Abbott has done for Carlisle United since he joined the club as first team and reserve team coach in July 2006."

"He has maintained a very professional and close working relationship with everyone at the club and he has put his heart and soul into his stated aim of bringing improvement to every level and area of the business. The trips to Wembley and the year-on-year improvement in league position, prior to last season, were testament to his efforts and dedication to the job at hand."

"This has been a very difficult period and he has worked hard to find the players he felt would help to turn things round through what has been an unbelievable run of injuries. Unfortunately the continued dip in attendances, in direct relation to results here at Brunton Park, left all parties with no other option than to reach this conclusion."

"Greg Abbott leaves Brunton Park with our utmost respect and admiration and we wish him every success for his future in the industry."

"Assistant manager Graham Kavanagh and youth team coach David Irons will oversee all first team matters until such time as a permanent appointment has been made."

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