Carlisle United Football Club
So, I'm bored at 3.00 AM and decided I'd create a Carlisle thread in the lower league section as I like to keep myself occupied and I thought you guys might like to know more about a team in League 1 and what I consider to be my second team now.
Anyway, key news today/yesterday is that Francois Zoko is no longer renewing his contract and shall be free to go wherever, supposedly
Sheffield Wednesday who are now in the Championship. A loss, but not a major one as he was inconsistent. Here's a simple showing of how Carlisle like to line up:
Simek - Michalik - Livesey/Murphy - Robson
Thirwell - Taiwo - Berrett
McGovern - Noble
Zoko tended to play where McGovern is, with Noble the opposite side. It is probably more a 4-5-1 than a 4-3-2-1, in fact more a 4-1-4-1. But it's all relative. Carlisle finished 8th last season, just outside the play offs and the season before had gotten to, and won, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Cup final at Wembley which I attended 1-0 against Brentford, Murphy with the winner. However I believe Simek, Taiwo and Murphy, among others are also out of contract and need to be burdened down to one or Carlisle won't be near the play offs next season. I think a new left back is needed as Robson's quality is in question, he's quick but a better winger. A new attacking midfielder/winger is needed as McGovern is average at best and Noble, who is quality, cannot do everything on his own. Miller, who many may know of Aberdeen and Middlesbrough, is quality in League 1 and his injury was the primary reason Carlisle missed out on the play offs last season. A new striker is also needed I think, probably on loan from a Premier League side, a youngster, as Loy and Madden are not good enough to start.
Here's the full current squad list from the official site:
1. Adam Collin - Goalkeeper
2. Frank Simek - Defender
3. Matty Robson - Defender/Midfielder
4. Jon-Paul McGovern - Midfielder
5. Danny Livesey - Defender
6. Peter Murphy - Defender
7. Andy Welsh - Midfielder
8. Graham Kavanagh - Midfielder
9. Rory Loy - Striker
10. Paddy Madden - Striker
11. Paul Thirwell - Midfielder
12. Tom Taiwo - Midfielder
13. Francois Zoko - Striker
14. Lee Miller - Striker
17. Liam Noble - Midfielder
18. Brad Potts - Midfielder
19. Mark Beck - Striker
20. Mark Gillespie - Goalkeeper
21. James Berrett - Midfielder
23. Tony Caig - Goalkeeper
24. Chris Chantler - Midfielder
25. Lubomir Michalik - Defender
32. Josh Todd - Midfielder
--. David Symington - Midfielder
Like I said, Zoko has confirmed he is leaving so that's slightly outdated. Berrett, Taiwo, Michalik, Murphy and Simek are the players who also have been offered new contracts as they are out of one, and as I highlighted in the line up, all of them start really, so unless they get tied down, Carlisle will not be making the play offs unless Greg Abbott the manager pulls off some serious business and their is some form of investment.
I hope you enjoy the opening post, it was mainly to tire my brain for the night and it has done just that, I'll update this throughout with any news and if you have any questions just ask me. Cheers guys.
Edited by Kunte Kinte, 08 June 2012 - 02:25 AM.