‘Still not sure on him at all’ – Mixed reaction from Carlisle United fans as Steven Pressley signs a one year deal

Carlisle United have confirmed that manager Steven Pressley has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at Brunton Park until the end of the 2019/2020 season.

The forty-five-year-old former Coventry City manager took over the managerial reins in on a half-season contract in January following the resignation of John Sheridan.

The announcement ends a period of intense speculation about whether the club would retain Pressley beyond the current campaign.

The news follows Good Friday’s impressive 1-0 win over league leaders Lincoln City which kept eighth-placed Carlisle’s playoff hopes alive.

Victory over the Imps was only Pressley’s fifth success from fifteen games in charge since he arrived in Cumbria.

The club statement said the Scot had ‘impressed everybody at the club’ with his ‘manner and approach.’

Buoyed by Friday’s result, Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins added: ‘We’re delighted that he’ll be staying with us and, as we saw on Friday, when he has the players at his disposal he employs an exciting brand of attacking football. With three big games to go we all genuinely hope that Steven will be starting his first full season with us in League One.’

The Cumbrians will be hoping to maintain their play-off challenge when they visit Grimsby on Easter Monday.

Carlisle supporters immediately took to Twitter to comment on the news, with reaction mixed on the appointment.

Some welcomed the stability of sticking with Pressley while others questioned whether his record since taking over warranted the reward of another deal.

The Cumbrians were sixth in League Two, three points off the automatic promotion places when Pressley took over.

Here is a small selection of their responses.

 

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