MOV­ING ON

Man­ager Keith Curle on why it’s the right time to leave Carlisle United

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Lyons

KEITH Curle says he will leave Carlisle United with his ‘head held high’ when he bows out as man­ager af­ter next Satur­day’s game against New­port at Brun­ton Park.

On Thurs­day, the club an­nounced that the for­mer Manchester City and Wolves de­fender had de­cided to move way – they were bot­tom of on at the end of the sea­son, League Two and win­less hav­ing though he will still as­sist the

been rel­e­gated from League club with their re­tained list for

One the pre­vi­ous sea­son. next term.

It brings Curle’s three-and-ahalf He then led them to fin­ishes year spell in charge of the of 20th, tenth and sixth in the Cum­bri­ans to an end. It says a fol­low­ing sea­sons. Fol­low­ing lot for the quickfire na­ture of that sixth place fin­ish last term, foot­ball man­age­ment th­ese Carlisle suf­fered play-off semi­fi­nal days that his time in charge has agony when Ex­eter struck put him in 12th place in the list deep in in­jury-time to seal an of long­est-serv­ing man­agers in as­ton­ish­ing 6-5 ag­gre­gate success. the top four di­vi­sions of English foot­ball. The Cum­bri­ans were tenth in

And while he’s sad to de­part, the ta­ble head­ing into this the for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional week­end. be­lieves it’s the right The 54-year-old said: “Some­times time for both him and the club when you go into a club to go their sep­a­rate ways. you find out there are more

He ar­rived in Septem­ber 2014 things wrong than just re­sults. with the Cum­bri­ans in a bad The key was to change the mind­set, change the thought process. We put in place foun­da­tions to build from.

“We have over-achieved in the time I’ve been here and this year we have mas­sively over­achieved even though we haven’t been able to make the play-offs.

Re­sources

“In­juries to key per­son­nel hit us hard and we can’t match the re­sources of a lot of other clubs.

“I’ll leave with my head held high and my rep­u­ta­tion in­tact. I’m very proud of the work that’s been done by my­self, my staff and the peo­ple at the foot­ball club.

“(Be­cause of its lo­ca­tion), manag­ing Carlisle can have a knock-on ef­fect on your life­style and fam­ily. I think the time is right for some­one else to take the reins.”

But the for­mer Mans­field, Ch­ester, Torquay and Notts County boss will be keen to get back into man­age­ment quickly af­ter he fin­ishes off at Carlisle.

“I’m a foot­ball per­son that has got am­bi­tion and strives to im­prove,” he said. “I’m not go­ing to beg for a job or ap­ply for jobs that I don’t think suit me. How­ever, the fo­cus is on fin­ish­ing the sea­son in the right way first. I haven’t changed – if there are rol­lick­ings to be handed out, I’ll still do it and the play­ers would ex­pect that.”

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